Sergio Perez says he would welcome a second Mexican driver in F1 as speculation continues about the possibility of Esteban Gutierrez earning a race seat for 2013.

Gutierrez is currently test and reserve driver with Perez's Sauber team and is hotly tipped to replace his countryman when he moves to McLaren at the end of the year.

Questioned as to whether he would welcome Gutierrez onto the grid, Perez insisted it would be good for the Mexican fans to have a second driver to cheer on but said he didn't know anything about a possible deal.

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"It will be good for the country, for us," he said. "I think he's a good driver. As you said, there have been a lot of rumours that he will be the driver taking my place at Sauber but at the moment I know as much as you do, so I have no idea as to who is going to come.

"If he comes, it will be good to have two Mexican drivers after so much time without a driver; now we are finally going to have two on the grid. If it happens I think it's great."