Sergio Perez thinks he will be running right at the front in two or three years and challenging the likes of Sebastian Vettel for the F1 drivers' crown.

Perez, who took a brilliant second place finish in Malaysia last weekend, looked like he would go all the way in his Sauber and beat Fernando Alonso to the victory at Sepang, until he made a mistake late on and ran wide. Following that performance it has intensified speculation he will go to Ferrari in the not-to-distant future and replace the under-performing Felipe Massa.

"In the future my goal is to be in a big team and to be fighting for race victories. The most important thing is having a car that gives me the chance to win races," the Sauber driver told NDTV.

"I believe that in two or three years I will be fighting for the World Championship," he added.

Meanwhile, his drive seven days ago in the wet and changeable conditions in Malaysia, has led some to compare him to the late great three-time F1 world champion, Ayrton Senna, as both hail from Latin America.

Perez though, while flattered, said that is a bit premature: "It makes me proud that people compare me to someone like Senna, but I've still got a lot to do in my career to receive that kind of praise."

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