Perez upstages Ferrari at Monza amid talk of move

© Daniella Matar, AP, 9 September 2012
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Sergio Perez managed to upstage both Ferrari drivers at the team's home race, and he's hoping that hasn't worsened his chances of joining the Italian outfit next season.

Perez moved his way up from 12th on the grid to finish second in his Sauber at the Italian Grand Prix, passing both Felipe Massa and championship leader Fernando Alonso on the way and preventing Ferrari from putting two cars on the podium. Alonso was third behind winner Lewis Hamilton, while Massa finished fourth.

Speculation is rife that Perez -- who is a member of Ferrari's academy scheme -- will join the Italian scuderia for 2013, and he's hoping team officials won't carry a grudge.

"I'm fighting for my team and will always fight for the team that I'm in," Perez said. "I will always give my maximum I can. And I will fight any driver, no matter if it's Fernando or Lewis (Hamilton), I will fight for my team to get the result -- and I think every driver will do the same."

Massa, whose contract expires at the end of the year, has had a disappointing season, but put in a strong performance throughout the weekend at Ferrari's home track.

"I don't know if this race changes anything regarding my future," Massa said. "Definitely the most important thing for now is to keep going like this, working with great concentration for next year and that's what I'm trying to do."


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