Perez believes Ferrari was keen to do 2014 deal

(L to R): Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber on the drivers parade. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 26 June 2011.Nov.17 (GMM) Newly signed McLaren driver Sergio Perez has admitted that there was a chance that he would have landed at Ferrari in 2014.

Instead, the Mexican – who was the cream of Ferrari’s driver development academy – has been poached by the fabled Italian squad’s historic rival McLaren.

“I wanted to be at Ferrari in 2014,” Perez, who will move to the British team from Sauber at the end of the year, told El Mundo newspaper.

He said that the signs that he had a future at Ferrari were good, particularly after a meeting at Monza with Stefano Domenicali.

“They were really interested in me, but now [are] not,” the 22-year-old smiled.

Recalling the day he signed with McLaren, Perez admitted: “I jumped on my bed and drank tequila with my friends.”

His new boss Martin Whitmarsh, however, warned the new McLaren driver not to be too excited.

“He will turn up in Australia next year with so much more pressure on his shoulders,” he said. “There is an added pressure to being a McLaren driver.

“He might think [that] he understands it, but he doesn’t.”

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  • Speedo

    Ferrari must be thanking their lucky stars that they retained Massa and Perez went to McLaren. Now Ferrari have a better team than McLaren for next year