Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said the Scuderia will not look to sign Sergio Perez for 2013, as the Mexican needs more experience before being considered by the Maranello-based outfit.
Perez, who is part of the Ferrari Young Driver Programme, has been linked to the team ever since the start of the season and that speculation gathered pace following his near-win in Malaysia, although since then other names have also been mooted as possible replacements for the under fire Felipe Massa, including Mark Webber.
“Perez is a good driver but to drive a Ferrari you need more experience,” Montezemolo 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.”
As for Massa, who in fairness bounced back last weekend in Monaco and put in a good drive to finish sixth, Montezemolo insists it is not a foregone conclusion that the Brazilian will be shown the door at the end of this year.
“We never take a decision [on drivers] before the second half of the season,” Montezemolo added.
“I'm sure that, because we are improving our car, the car will be less difficult to drive [soon].
“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,” Montezemolo added.