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Sergio Perez is convinced he has what it takes to become the next driver for Ferrari.
It is understood Ferrari are currently looking long and hard at their options for 2013 as they seek a potential replacement for the under-performing Felipe Massa.
The Brazilian is languishing in 14th in the drivers' championship with just 25 points to his name, a staggering 139 adrift of team-mate and title-leader Fernando Alonso.
As a member of Ferrari's young driver academy, Perez's name has long been in the frame, although president Luca di Montezemolo has suggested the 22-year-old Mexican lacks experience.
But in his second season with Sauber, Perez lies ninth after 11 grands prix with 47 points, 33 more than he achieved throughout the whole of last season and with two podium finishes.
Assessing his situation, Perez said: "It's been a very busy season so far, but the moment will come soon for me to think about my future.
"If there is an opportunity with them (Ferrari) or another team then it's the time to know.
"I will have to see what the options are, and from that I will decide. But I think I have done a very good job this season. I have proven I have the speed, and the consistency as well.
"I've been a little up and down, but many things have to be taken into account. We cannot forget we're still a midfield team, so I'm comfortable with the position I'm in.
"My main target will be to keep having good races, and from then I will decide very soon what my future is going to be."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali recently confirmed the marque's philosophy of having "a great champion and then a very good driver who is close to him".
Perez would certainly fall into that category rather than the likes of Kimi Raikkonen or Jenson Button, who have also been linked of late.
With regard to his relationship with Alonso, Perez said: "I speak with him, we speak the same language, and I get on okay with him. He's somebody I feel I could work with in the future."