Perez too inexperienced for Ferrari – Montezemolo

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Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says Sergio Perez needs more experience before he’ll be ready to drive for Ferrari.


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“Perez is a good driver but to drive a Ferrari you need more experience. 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.”

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97 comments on Perez too inexperienced for Ferrari – Montezemolo

  1. Chop Chop said on 2nd June 2012, 8:55

    Perez is one of the fast drivers on track but his inconsistency is question mark for Ferrari.
    I don’t count his Malaysia podium finished. Currently, he has got more support from Sauber team and his sponsor than his team mate Kamui but you can’t discount Kamui’s ability and quality. Kamui is more consistent and faster than Perez in the race. Kamui needs luck.
    If he another podium finished in clean race and clear weather and then I’ll recognize him as ready for Ferrari or other big team. Big teams have invested a lot of money even though their spending money was limited by FAI. So they don’t want the driver someone who always crash out. I think F1 community has better information on driver’s ability, quality and how they can help develop car. So best drivers will go to big team one day.
    For me, Perez needs to pass all criteria for to become top contender for Championship.
    Current Ferrari car was not top condition so I don’t blame Masa for not being competitive this time.

    • Nickpkr said on 2nd June 2012, 20:34

      Sorry but what inconsistency ? He is never been below 11 when racing , also podium and just cause Grojean got him once went to DNF and Maldonado purposedly ruin his podium Monaco car.
      Canada will be good for Saubers !

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 2nd June 2012, 22:26

        He is never been below 11 when racing

        He’s only been above 11th twice this season though. Perez needs to deliver regular points. Then his case for a Ferrari drive gets even stronger. His podium and decent race in Australia were a good start though.

  2. Ilanin (@ilanin) said on 2nd June 2012, 12:06

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  3. robhaley said on 2nd June 2012, 13:28

    IMO they should keep Massa in 2013 and look for Perez in 2014. Right now Alonso would destroy young Perez, they must protect him for at least another year.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd June 2012, 13:32

    I think Montezemolo is right about Perez. Ferrari need to see a definite improvement in their second car and while you can argue that Massa isn’t delivering much at the moment, the last thing Ferrari need is to put themselves in that position again. I don’t think they should leave it too long if they do want him, maybe another year at Sauber under his belt first. See how he fares up against Kobayashi.

  5. Gaston (@golarrazabal) said on 2nd June 2012, 14:13

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    • Nickpkr said on 2nd June 2012, 20:27

      Remember Perez already publicly said he is not interested in Ferrari this season, so M is just making sure is clear he has anyway the last call. But he maybe shooting himself in the foot if Perez gets another podium and Ferrari do want him desperately, he could then get twice or much paycheck than before cause Hamilton cost 20m a year !

  6. Robbie (@robbie) said on 2nd June 2012, 14:15

    I’m encouraged that Ferrari don’t want an absolute greenhorn beside FA, but at the same time I’m not convinced they want a proven WDC beside him either. So I think they might be hoping FM comes to grips with the car as the season goes along, which he is showing signs of doing, and they can then justifiably retain him after this year.

  7. AndrewT (@andrewt) said on 2nd June 2012, 19:19

    Eddie Irvine had 2 seasons plus 2 races behind him when Ferrari signed him for 1996, Perez will have that 2 full seasons by the end of the year.
    Felipe Massa had 3 seasons behind him in 2006. (So what is Montezemolo talking about?!)
    The other driver was a world champion both times, and the results were expected from him and not from Irvine and Massa. Ferrari now has a world champion again, so the other seat could easily be handed to a “not that much experienced” driver, like Perez.

  8. Tete said on 2nd June 2012, 23:28

    Perez is overrated. What has he done after Malaysia? Nothing. Kobayashi is way better. Perez is inconsistent and a mediocre driver at best. There are many other better drivers than Perez. Kobayashi, lubricant, did esta, webber,vergne, alguasari, etc,etc

    • Nickpkr said on 3rd June 2012, 10:50

      Well except Webber which is already in a top team, all others greenhorns are below Perez in points…

  9. Kimi4WC said on 4th June 2012, 0:05

    If they want future Champion, they should steal Bottas from Williams.

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