Updated: 30/08/2012 19:06 | By pa.press.net

Perez eyes Ferrari spot



Sergio Perez is rumoured to be in Ferrari's thoughts for next season

Sergio Perez is rumoured to be in Ferrari's thoughts for next season

Sergio Perez is convinced he has what it takes to become the next driver for Ferrari.

It is understood Ferrari are currently looking long and hard at their options for 2013 as they seek a potential replacement for the under-performing Felipe Massa. The Brazilian is languishing in 14th in the drivers' championship with just 25 points to his name, a staggering 139 adrift of team- mate and title-leader Fernando Alonso.

Assessing his situation, Perez said: "It's been a very busy season so far, but the moment will come soon for me to think about my future. If there is an opportunity with them (Ferrari) or another team then it's the time to know."

As a member of Ferrari's young driver academy, Perez's name has long been in the frame, although president Luca di Montezemolo has suggested the 22-year-old Mexican lacks experience. But in his second season with Sauber, Perez lies ninth after 11 grands prix with 47 points, 33 more than he achieved throughout the whole of last season and with two podium finishes.

He added: "I will have to see what the options are, and from that I will decide. But I think I have done a very good job this season. I have proven I have the speed, and the consistency as well.

"I've been a little up and down, but many things have to be taken into account. We cannot forget we're still a midfield team, so I'm comfortable with the position I'm in.

"My main target will be to keep having good races, and from then I will decide very soon what my future is going to be."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali recently confirmed the marque's philosophy of having "a great champion and then a very good driver who is close to him".

Perez would certainly fall into that category rather than the likes of Kimi Raikkonen or Jenson Button, who have also been linked of late.

With regard to his relationship with Alonso, Perez said: "I speak with him, we speak the same language, and I get on okay with him. He's somebody I feel I could work with in the future."

12Comments
01/08/2012 15:14
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Think this was a "done deal" months ago ! Whatever Massa does now, I regret to say that he is not going to be a Ferrari driver next year.
01/08/2012 16:22
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Perez definetely has the potential to be a Ferrari driver next year. Yes he doesnt have that much experience etc but by then that will be 2 full seasons under his belt. World Champion in the making?! I would think so!
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Already blowing smoke up Alsoso's ars*!

 

02/08/2012 06:27
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Perez states that he 'speaks the same langauge', does this mean that he too is a non-team player and is brilliant at sulking?
03/08/2012 04:42
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As long as Alonso stays at Ferrari his team mate will never the championship.
02/08/2012 14:39
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Whoever would want to be Alonso's team mate? I hope Perez realises he would be sacrificing his own career prospects if he makes the move before 2017. He wont win a race but will be made to suffer badly and everyone will call for Massa back.
26/08/2012 13:19
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anyone replacing massa is going to do a better job for ferrari, the guy is like a milk float and needs to be replaced asap.
but ferrari is a 1 man team and perez prospects may suffer as he is doing outstanding with what he has now.
perez should do another season with his team and hold out for other opportunities as there will be for such a talent like him who is on the rise.

18/08/2012 09:22
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Ferrari's main interest is in manufactures title, not drivers title, therefore they want a consistent scorer to back up Alonso. Also Ferrari brand and worldwide prestige demands drivers to reflect this...so new faces with great pace, such as Perez, won't necessarily fit their need.

06/08/2012 08:46
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ME WORK WITH ALONSO.NO WAY EVERY SPORT HAS ITS WHINGERS AND HE IS THE NUMBER ONE IN FORMULA ONE.nEVER KIKED THE GUY

02/08/2012 09:49
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Perez would have been further up the drivers championship table had he not tangled with Maldonado. Then again, so would Hamilton. If Ferrari are looking to butter-up Alonso with a spanish speaking team mate why not go for Algueshuari - he's a very good driver, if not better than Perez. - Just my opinion

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