Sergio Perez has been all but ruled out of a drive with Ferrari for the 2013 F1 season after Luca di Montezemolo said it was 'too early' for the Mexican to be considered for a drive.
Perez secured his third podium finish of the season at Monza after an impressive drive through the field, which saw him pass both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the closing stages of the race.
The performances from the former GP2 racer, a member of Ferrari's Driver Academy, have seen him hotly tipped with Massa's drive if the Brazilian finds himself dropped at the end of the year.
However, speaking to Sky Sports
, di Montezemolo said he wasn't sure that Perez had the experience required to move into a Ferrari race seat even if he was impressed with he results he has secured so far in his second season in the sport.
"Next season is too early," he said. "I'm very pleased for him because first of all it showed that our choice when we picked up him as a young driver was good. Then it is thanks to Sauber, thanks to the Ferrari Academy, he grow up.
"To put a young guy to Ferrari with the pressure of Ferrari, you need more experience."
Di Montezmolo added that one man who he would welcome into the Ferrari line-up with open arms if he became available was defending champion Sebastian Vettel, who he said reminded him of a young Michael Schumacher.
"I think that Vettel is more or less in the condition like when Michael was in Benetton,” he said. "He's young, he's a very good driver and he's making a very good experience. So this could be, of course in the theory, but if you have to ask me the name I have to tell you this name."