Formula 1: Naming row won't stop Force India racing at Spa - Perez

Sergio Perez says it's "business as usual" for Force India and has no doubts the team will compete in Belgium despite fresh uncertainty surrounding the team's Formula 1 entry

Formula 1: Naming row won't stop Force India racing at Spa - Perez

The Silverstone-based F1 outfit is expected to change identity and become a new entry under new owner Lawrence Stroll, but it's not clear whether that will happen this weekend, and thus on what basis it will be allowed to compete in Belgium.

Asked if he had any doubts about the team running at Spa, Perez said: "As far as I'm concerned, no. So, it's business as usual.

"I'm here to drive and do my job. And I'm looking forward to enjoying the weekend, and focussing on the driving. That's my priority."

Perez, whose legal action last month put the team into administration, said he was happy with changes behind the scenes since the last race in Hungary, since which a deal was struck for a consortium led by Stroll to take control of the outfit and pump in fresh investment.

"The team is quite optimistic, quite happy, we can see a release on the upgrades coming for the future, we see a different structure, and financially the team has a much more stable future for the coming years," Perez added.

"I was at the factory in the week, and the people I was seeing, there was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of positiveness going forwards, so definitely a good signal.

"I'm just a driver and I'm here to perform at my best, and it's been quite difficult the last couple of months - I'm able to focus now on being a racing driver."

Perez is now expected to remain with the team next year, despite rumours linking him to Haas over the past few months. However, he declined to confirm his plans.

"I know what I'm doing for next year, so when there is a time to communicate, I think I will communicate," he said.

"Actually everything is very much completed, so it's just a matter of timing right now.

"I think there are other priorities than communicating what my future is, so we're here racing, focusing on Spa, and as I said it's just a matter of time before I'm able to confirm.

"But for now, I know what I'm doing for next year, so no more to say on that."

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