Sauber’s Sergio Perez spoke this evening about his desire to get into a top team, claiming that he is “ready” to fight for wins and championships. At the same time he said that he had not had any approaches from top teams, despite speculation that McLaren is interested in him, as a possible partner for Jenson Button.
“It’s only my second year in Formula One but I feel ready to do a good job with a top team, to fight for the championship. In that respect I feel ready,” said the 22 year old Mexican, who is the third youngest driver in F1 after Jean Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.
Perez has scored three podiums this season and all have attracted praise from engineers of rival teams, particularly the performance in Monza two weeks ago, where he finished second on a reverse strategy compared to his rivals.
“In the position that I’m in when I have a good result – because I’m fighting for the points and sometimes I can get some good podiums – it’s always the time when the rumours start,” Perez added.
“But then you have a bad race and then there are no more rumours and they are changing to the driver who had a good race. So in that respect I’m not really worried; I know that I have a very strong car for the next seven races so I hope I can deliver very strong performances.”
When asked directly “Have any approaches had been made (from major teams)?” Perez said, “No.”
Whilst not for a moment suggesting that this is not the case, Perez’ contract might not be quite as straight-forward as other drivers’ as he is believed to be contracted with the team through one of the sponsors, rather than directly driver to team.
His role as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy has also invited questions as to how he could move to another top team apart from the Scuderia, whose president Luca di Montezemolo has made it clear that that the Mexican is not experienced enough to take a seat there in 2013.
However Perez was clear that this would not be any impediment to a move to another team,
“No, I have a nice connection to Ferrari through the Ferrari Academy but I’m just part of the Ferrari Academy, I’m not part of the Ferrari team. So it doesn’t affect it,” he said.