Domenicali says McLaren better for Perez than Ferrari
14 October, 2012
Oct.14 (GMM) Sergio Perez will be under much less pressure at McLaren than if he was signed by Ferrari claims the Maranello team’s boss Stefano Domenicali, shedding light on his team’s decision to overlook its leading ‘academy’ driver while direct rival McLaren snapped up the Mexican for 2013.
Asked by El Pais newspaper if he is worried that McLaren will show that Ferrari have made a grave mistake, Ferrari team boss Domenicali answered: “Clearly ‘Checo’ has potential.
“But the pressure he will have at McLaren will be much lower than what he would have had to endure if he was signed by Ferrari,” he added.
If Ferrari had signed Mexican 22-year-old Perez, he would have replaced Felipe Massa.
But it is believed that Ferrari is sticking with the Brazilian for 2013.
Massa was asked by the Marca sports newspaper if any young drivers on the 2012 grid have impressed him.
After a pause, he answered: “No. There have been good drivers like Perez, who also has had a good car.
“Sauber have been very competitive this year, so although you can’t tell who has truly impressed, they [Sauber] have done a great job.”
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