Sergio Perez joins Ferrari’s young driver academy

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Mexican youngster Sergio Perez, who this week signed with Sauber for 2011, has joined Ferrari's young driver programme

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Mexican youngster Sergio Perez, who this week signed with Sauber for 2011, has joined Ferrari’s young driver programme.

The 20-year-old becomes the seventh member of the Scuderia’s driver academy since they launched the scheme last year.

Perez began his single-seater career in the United States in the National Skip Barber Championship before moving to Europe to compete in the German Formula BMW series for two years.

He then joined the Mexican team in the A1 GP championship in 2007, while also competing in the British Formula 3 series where he won four races in 2008 on the way to fourth overall in the championship.

He then made the move to GP2, with four wins to his name in the category, including the honour of winning the feature race in Monaco. Perez is currently second in the 2010 championship, with just the final race in Abu Dhabi to come.

Perez will race alongside Kamui Kobayashi at Sauber next year, with backing from Mexican telecommunications giant Telmex. Telmex will also become a Sauber partner from next season.

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