Perez assessing 'options' outside Force India

Sergio Perez says he has "a number of options" to keep driving in Formula 1 next year.

The Mexican was recently among those who triggered Force India's administration and subsequent sale, due to unpaid salary payments.

'I'm lucky that I have options'

Lance Stroll, whose father Lawrence is spearheading the consortium that has bought the team, is now linked with a 2019 seat.

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When asked what his own plans are for next year, Perez said: "I'm lucky that I have a number of options.

"Of course, we all want to drive for the two best teams, but it's really unlikely I will be there next season.

So I have to think about what is the best option for me. The best place to show my skills.

In the previous two years I was the best driver outside the top three teams. I want to see what is possible with the teams that have free seats and then I'll make my decision.

But I also want to see what's happening here, because outside of the top three teams I think Force India has the most potential," he is quoted by Finland's MTV.

The 28-year-old said he is in no rush to make his decision.

"I have no hurry because I know I'm in good shape. I believe during the summer break I will have a good idea of what's going on here and after that I can make a decision," added Perez.