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Too early to move Perez to Ferrari - Montezemolo

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez is not yet ready to drive for Ferrari, according to Luca di Montezemolo © Sutton Images
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has made clear that he does not believe Sauber's Sergio Perez is ready to make the step up to Ferrari next year.

Perez, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, has been linked to a move to Maranello after a series of strong results this year, including his most recent podium at Monza which left him 18 points clear of current race driver Felipe Massa in the standings. But Montezemolo says Perez will have to wait a little longer before he drives for Ferrari.

"Next season is too early," he told Sky Sports News. "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."

Montezemolo also said he had one eye on Sebastian Vettel, likening the Red Bull driver's career path with Michael Schumacher's in the mid-1990s when he joined Ferrari.

"I think that Vettel is more or less in the condition like when Michael was in Benetton. 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."