Perez to "see what's available" regarding 2018 F1 seat

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Sergio Perez is another driver looking to keep his options as he looks to make the next step up the Formula 1 grid in 2018.

The Mexican has been one of the most consistent drivers in recent years with a recent retirement during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix his first since crashing out of the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2015.

In that time he led Force India their best ever finish of fourth in the Constructors' Championship last year, picking up two podiums along the way, and had a run of 15 consecutive points finishes from Hockenheim 2016 to Spain 2017.

As a result, he has often been linked with moves away from the Silverstone-based outfit with Renault widely believed to be his destination for this year until he turned them down and Ferrari, of whom he was with as an academy driver until 2013, replacing Kimi Raikkonen. 

Asked about his future ahead of the British Grand Prix, the 27-year-old initially claimed how he is focusing on making the most of the busy month on July with Force India but then acknowledged: "I have thought about my future a lot. All I know is I don't have a contract yet for next year, but there will come a time when I have to see what is available for me."

With Force India looking even stronger this year, comfortably holding fourth in the Teams' standings again, Perez did admit there was one goal he wants to achieve.

"I think it has been a good year up to now," Perez said. "The main thing is the difference to the top teams is quite big so to be in that midfield fight and always consistently, if not outscoring them, very close to.

"Probably when you compare it to last year by now we had two podiums – probably less points but two podiums in the pocket. The car was similar competitiveness wise but it was a bit closer to the top teams, therefore we were able to make a podium. We lost a big opportunity in Baku though, hopefully, later in the year we can have that one back.

"Every year have had at least one podium so hopefully we can get it."