As announced in July Sergio Perez will drive a two-year-old car at Fiorano this week as part of his involvement with the team’s young driver scheme.
Such running falls outside the testing agreement, and the Mexican will also have two days on the team’s simulator.
He’s widely regarded as a potential replacement for Felipe Massa in 2013, at which point he will have had two years of experience at Sauber. Intriguingly Stefano Domenicali gave Perez a big endorsement at Monza yesterday.
“As you know Sergio is part of our Driver Academy, and I think he is doing a great season,” said Domenicali. “It’s part of the training programme that we give the drivers who are part of the academy. It’s something that is related to his improvement, to his technical skill, to give him some laps with our cars and knowing better that situation.
“I think Sergio has a good chance of having a great career. He has started with a good, humble approach, and I saw him growing very much.”
Jules Bianchi will also drive the F60 on Thursday.