Sauber denies Perez and Massa to swap seats

(L to R): Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber Team Principal celebrates with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber, who finished seventh on his GP debut. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 27 March 2011.

Peter Sauber with Sergio Perez

Mar.23 (GMM) Peter Sauber has added his own denial to rumours that Sergio Perez could be headed to Ferrari to replace the beleaguered Felipe Massa.

The Mexican driver played down the speculation at Sepang on Thursday, as did Ferrari, amid reports that the famous Italian team is contemplating replacing the struggling Massa with its development driver.

But a flaw in the rumours is that Perez, 22, is under contract to Sauber for 2012.

“No one has spoken to us,” team boss Sauber, when asked about the Perez/Massa switch, told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

All eyes will be on Massa this weekend in Malaysia, after Ferrari agreed to change his chassis following a dire performance, a week ago in Melbourne.

Michael Schumacher backed his former Ferrari teammate.

“If you look at all the winter testing I think it was very clear that the two drivers (Massa and Fernando) were very close together,” he said.

“So to see the big difference that we saw in Melbourne, I can only assume there must have been something not right for him.”

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