Perez dismisses rumours he will replace Massa at Ferrari

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

Mar.22 (F1 Media) Sergio Pérez has branded speculation that he could replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari this season as “only rumours”.

The Mexican, who is part of Ferrari’s young driver programme, and who finished eighth in the Mebourne season-opener after starting 22nd, has been tipped as a possible replacement for Massa should Ferrari opt to end his seven-year stint with the team this season. Massa endured a torrid start to the campaign, qualifying 16th and retiring from the race after clashing with Williams’ Bruno Senna.

Pérez, however, denied the speculation had any validity. “Well, it’s only the first race of the season so it’s very early to speculate. I’m really focused with my team, with Sauber. I think we have a great car and there’s nothing more that I can say, just focused on my team, to try to make as many points as possible because we have a very competitive car and I was to trying to make the most out of the car we have.

“Melbourne was a difficult weekend for me because I had the gearbox issue so I couldn’t do a lap in qualifying so I qualified last and finished eighth. So it was a good race, and hopefully this weekend we can manage a good weekend. And as for the rumours… they are only rumours.”

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