Sunday, November 24, 2013

Senna's ex-manager, Julian Jakobi, ready to get Sergio Perez a seat in F1 next year

Ayrton Senna and Julian Jakobi, in 1990

Veteran driver manager Julian Jakobi is now working with Sergio Perez in an effort to find the Mexican a 2014 F1 seat.

Perez is increasingly being linked with a possible future at Force India.

Jakobi was at Interlagos on Friday, although he left for other business in Rio on Saturday. Speaking to this writer, he would only say: “Checo is getting advice from us,” stopping short of confirming that it would lead to a formal managerial arrangement.

Having originally made his name while at IMG, Jakobi has worked with the likes of Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Jacques Villeneuve in the past. He formed GP Sports Management in 2010, and his client list includes Dario Franchitti, Allan McNish, Pedro de la Rosa, Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. He remains close to the Senna family.

Jakobi’s Franchitti connections mean that he could obviously help to steer Perez into the vacant Ganassi seat, but the driver insists that his priority is still F1.

Perez parted company with former manager Adrian Fernandez earlier this year.

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