Perez dreaming of a Ferrari future

Date published: September 16 2011

Sergio Perez may be dreaming of winning the World title with Ferrari but for now the rookie says he’s happy at Sauber…

Sergio Perez may be dreaming of winning the World title with Ferrari but for now the rookie says he’s happy at Sauber.

Perez, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy programme, spent three days this past week at Maranello where he was put through his paces in the simulator before hitting the track on Thursday.

The Mexican put in 46 laps of the Fiorano circuit behind the wheel of a two-year-old F60, clocking a best time of 1.00.650.

“This was a really special day for me,” Perez said. “I want to thank Ferrari for giving me this chance to improve and learn, given the limited number of testing opportunities during the year.

“Driving a Ferrari was a dream for me and it’s also important for my career, learning with a team like this and experiencing a different approach to the work.”

Asked about a possible future at Maranello, he admitted it would be a “dream” to race and win for Ferrari. But, for now at least, he’s happy learning his trade with Sauber.

“I think there is room for me to do well where I am and that’s my current target,” the 21-year-old said.

“It’s impossible to say how things will go and my dream is to become World Champion and it would be nice if it could happen with a team like this one.

“I have got a lot out of this time with the Ferrari Driver Academy. The work on the simulator, the meetings with the engineers are all things that will help me over the rest of the season and in general in the future.”

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