Ferrari has made clear it is keeping a close eye on Sergio Perez’s progress. The Mexican driver seemed at the very front of the queue for struggling Felipe Massa’s seat recently, until Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said Perez needs “more experience” before he is a candidate to drive for the famous team.
Montezemolo’s comments came before last weekend’s Canadian grand prix, and during a period in which 22-year-old Perez was struggling to find the same sort of form that delivered his maiden pole in Malaysia earlier this season.
“After Monaco, we had a discussion with Sergio,” revealed Luca Baldisserri.
Baldisserri is the head of Ferrari’s driver development ‘academy’, of which Sauber driver Perez is the cream of the crop.
“We wanted to find out why recent results had not lived up to expectations after the Malaysian grand prix,” he admitted. “Perez is undoubtedly talented, but he often lets himself down by being too aggressive which, especially in Formula One, does not deliver results.”
Perez returned to the podium in Canada last Sunday.
“The Montreal race was a great response,” acknowledged Baldisserri on Thursday, “a race in which Sergio not only ran at a great pace, but also managed his race very well, managing to stay on track for fifty laps on the same set of tyres.”