Sergio Perez reveals that, he was “very close” to drive for Ferrari in 2014 season but admits, he has no regrets to have accepted McLaren’s proposal to swap Lewis Hamilton instead.
The Force India speedy, admitted that he was “surprised” with Ferrari’s news that Kimi Raikkonen has been re-signed for 2016, even though he understands the reasoning about stability.
Asked if he has given up his dream of ever wearing red, Perez answered: “I still have a very good relationship with Ferrari. In the past, I was even very close to getting to drive for them.
“In formula one you never know what is going to happen in the future.”
“At one point, Stefano (Domenicali) told me to stay one more season in Sauber, then go to Ferrari. But I got the offer from McLaren,” revealed Perez.
Asked if he regrets his ultimately ill-fated switch to McLaren, he said: “No. At the time, McLaren was winning regularly and many drivers dreamed of being with this team.
“Then the situation reversed. Of course, now I realise that the decision seriously damaged my reputation, especially when you stop with a top team after only one year.
“But now I believe that thanks to the results in the past and also this year, I may get another opportunity to go to a top team in the future,” said Perez.