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Indian GP: Sergio Perez could miss Friday practice sessions


By Berthold Bouman

Sergio Perez could miss both Friday practice sessions for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, Reuters revealed today (Thursday). The Sauber driver, who has signed a contract with McLaren for 2013, has cancelled his scheduled meetings with the media today.

Perez could miss Friday practices due to a heavy cold

The Mexican driver returned to his hotel after he had arrived at the circuit this morning, apparently Perez is struggling with a heavy cold, tomorrow morning Sauber will again assess the situation and see if he is fit enough to drive.

If there is no improvement the Sauber team could decide to give young Mexican Esteban Gutierrez the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Sauber on Friday, he is also backed by Telmex and is the official Sauber reserve driver.  Gutierrez will also take part in the Young Driver Test after next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is also tipped to succeed his compatriot Perez at Sauber when he moves to McLaren next year.

If Perez would also miss the race, it would be bad news for his team as they are looking to take over the fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship from Mercedes, to do so they need to score at least 21 points more than the German outfit during the last four races of the season.

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