Sergio Perez says he feels ready to join a top team despite Luca di Montezemolo’s repeated insistence he is not experienced enough to drive for Ferrari.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix Perez said he “fully respects” Montezemolo’s view.
The Sauber driver added: “It’s only my second year in Formula 1. I feel ready to do a good job to a top team, to be able to fight for the title, for the championship. So in that respect I feel ready but I fully respect his opinion.”
Perez denied he’d had approaches from any major teams for next season and played down speculation he could join McLaren:
“Regarding the McLaren rumours, as I say there are so many rumours around. Before it was Ferrari and now it’s McLaren.
“Always when I have a good race, they put me in a different team. So the most important thing is to keep doing a good job and maximise the car potential we have for the next races.”
Perez said that his association with Ferrari would not be an obstacle to him joining McLaren if the opportunity arose:
“No, not really. I have a nice connection to Ferrari through the Ferrari Academy but I am just part of the Ferrari Academy, not part of the Ferrari team. So it doesn’t affect [it].”
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