Perez second place at Monza rekindles Massa swap talk
10 September, 2012
Sep.10 (GMM) Even while suffering an illness all weekend at Monza, second placed Sergio Perez still managed a stellar performance on race day that prompted podium-interviewer Niki Lauda to offer a rare doff of his famous cap.
The Mexican’s performance – his third podium of the season so far – immediately breathed new life into rumours that he could swap his Sauber for a Ferrari next year.
Indeed, as he managed to overtake not only the endangered Felipe Massa but also Ferrari’s impressive Fernando Alonso at Monza, surely he is now ready for the great Italian team.
“I don’t know,” the hesitant 22-year-old said on Sunday.
Perez’s current boss Peter Sauber was also giving nothing away when asked about the Ferrari rumours: “We’ll see,” he told broadcaster Sky.
Sauber chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn added: “We will in due course announce [the drivers] for the next season. I am still relaxed, as I was months ago.”
Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali added: “At the moment we cannot give any information away regarding [Ferrari academy member] Sergio Perez.
“He drove a good race, no doubt.”
Perez told F1′s official website two days earlier: “There will be a decision. And of course it is coming nearer and nearer.”
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