Sauber's new Mexican recruit, Sergio Perez, posted the quickest time on the third day of pre-season testing here on Thursday. Perez, the GP2 runner-up last year, clocked 1min 21.761sec to come in clear of Ferrari veteran Felipe Massa and Red Bull's Mark Webber.
Perez has been signed by the Swiss team as number two driver to Japan's Kamui Kobayashi. The 2011 season starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 27.
Malaysia beat France to reach semifinals
Chennai: Malaysia edged France 2-1 to book a semifinal berth in the squash World Cup on Thursday. Defending champion England beat Australia 3-0 to top Pool B in the mixed event competition after both teams ensured themselves of knockout places on Wednesday.
Title favorite Egypt, unbeaten in Pool A, will meet Australia in one semifinal on Friday, while Malaysia will clash with England in the other. In the deciding match between Malaysia and France, Kamran Khan held his nerves to beat Gregorie Marche 5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 2-11, 11-4.