Perez no longer in pole position for Massa seat – Spanish press

Sergio Perez is no longer the default choice to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Mexican had been the bookies’ favourite to take over from the Brazilian – either this season or next – in the event that Massa’s form did not improve. But Massa’s improved showing in Canada has dispelled the immediate likelihood of that coming to pass, says the sports paper, the most likely scenario being that Massa will be offered another year by the Scuderia.

The rumour mill surrounding the seat opposite Fernando Alonso continues, however. Paul di Resta is known to have impressed top team bosses this year, and Mark Webber is widely thought already to have been in contact with Ferrari and has a solid relationship with Alonso. Marca adds the name of Heikki Kovalainen to that list – somewhat out of the blue perhaps, but not inconceivable.

As for Perez, he is being linked with Red Bull and McLaren, although his Telmex sponsorship presents an obstacle to both potential destinations. Red Bull are known for their brand protection and minimal association with other brands, and McLaren have a deal with Telmex rival Vodafone for the foreseeable future.