Perez not yet ready for Ferrari drive - Montezemolo
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo does not think Sergio Perez is ready to drive for the famous Italian team and insists Ferrari has yet to make a decision about Felipe Massa's future.
Perez was linked to a Ferrari drive earlier this season, and after finishing second at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a Sauber there were suggestions he could replace Massa before the end of the year. Massa is out of contract at the end of 2012 and Ferrari is expected to replace him, but Montezemolo said Perez, who is a Ferrari development driver, still needs to prove himself before making the step up to the race team.
"Perez is a good driver but to drive a Ferrari you need more experience," he told Reuters. "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."
At the Monaco Grand Prix, Massa showed signs of recovering from his poor start to the season with his first appearance in the top-ten qualifying shootout and a sixth place finish. Montezemolo said the Brazilian would have to maintain that form if he wants to be considered for a drive next year.
"I'm sure that, because we are improving our car, the car will be less difficult to drive," he said. "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."