Perez down to test 2009 Ferrari this week

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Monday 31 January 2011.

Sergio Perez

Sep.13 (GMM) Mexican rookie Sergio Perez will make his debut at the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car this week.

Earlier this year, the famous Italian team said the Sauber driver would be “assessed” at some point in 2011 with a test in a two-year-old Ferrari single seater.

Perez, with 8 points so far in the 2011 world championship, is a leading member of Ferrari’s driver development academy.

As is fellow academy member and Ferrari reserve Jules Bianchi, Perez is tipped as a possible long-term replacement for Felipe Massa.

Ferrari on Monday announced that the 21-year-old will precede his test on Thursday with two days in the F1 simulator.

Perez, and Frenchman Bianchi, will then “get behind the wheel of a (2009) F60 for a session at Fiorano”, said the Maranello based team.