Sep.13 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sergio Perez will make his debut at the wheel of a Ferrari formula one car this week.

Earlier this year, the famous Italian team said the Sauber driver would be “assessed” at some point in 2011 with a test in a two-year-old Ferrari single seater.

Rookie Mexican Perez, with 8 points so far in the 2011 world championship, is a leading member of Ferrari’s driver development academy.

As is fellow academy member and Ferrari reserve Jules Bianchi, Perez is tipped as a possible long-term replacement for Felipe Massa.

Ferrari on Monday announced that the 21-year-old will precede his test on Thursday with two days in the F1 simulator.

Perez, and Frenchman Bianchi, will then “get behind the wheel of a (2009) F60 for a session at Fiorano”, said the Maranello based team.