The Vijay Mallya-led team had already retained Nico Hulkenberg for the next two seasons. Perez, who joined Force India in 2014 after stints at Sauber and McLaren, is upbeat about his progress with the team.

"Since coming here I have really grown as a driver and I feel I am performing at my best. I have always said I want to establish myself in a team and it is the right moment to announce my commitment for the future with Sahara Force India," said the Mexican.

"I can feel the potential in the team and there is a good energy, which gives me confidence for next year. I think we can continue to deliver strong results and I will do my best to help drive the team forward. I also want to say 'thank you' to Telmex and Telcel for their continued support, which has played an important role in my journey over the last ten years," Perez said while thanking his Mexican sponsors.

Team boss Mallya added: "He has done a fantastic job for us already and when we give him a competitive car we know he can get the job done. He has also got a great attitude and never gives up – it is that fighting spirit which fits well with this team. You only have to look at his results in the last three races to see that he is performing at the top of his game."

Perez is ninth in the standings with 39 points and Hulkenberg 12th on 30 points. Force India are fifth in the constructors' standings with 69 points, 19 ahead of sixth placed Lotus.

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