Ferrari boss rules out Perez

Di Montezemolo says Mexican is too inexperienced

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 02/06/12 3:42pm

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Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has ruled out a move for Sergio Perez next year, stating the Mexican is too inexperienced to join the team just yet.

Speculation has been rife that the Sauber driver, who is a member of the Ferrari Young Driver Academy, was being lined up as a replacement for the out-of-form Felipe Massa.

A stunning drive to second in Malaysia even started rumours that the Mexican could be in a Ferrari seat before the end of the season.

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However, di Montezemolo has dismissed reports linking Perez with a switch to Ferrari in the near future.

"Perez is a good driver, but to drive a Ferrari you need more experience," he said.

"I think he is one of the potential best young drivers for the future, but before putting a young driver in a Ferrari, I need more experience and more results."

Indeed, after an improved showing in Monaco and a season best sixth-place finish, the Ferrari boss is not ruling out retaining Massa for 2013.

He added: "I'm sure that because we are improving our car, the car will be less difficult to drive.

"And I expect from Felipe better performances as I have already seen in Monte Carlo, because in Monte Carlo he was among the five quickest drivers on the track and in the qualifiers.

"So I hope he will continue like this. At the moment we are not taking any decision yet for the future because it is too early."

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