Sirotkin has Sauber seat fitting ahead of demo
21 August 2013 – Russia's Sergey Sirotkin has had a seat fitting with Sauber, the outfit displaying its clearest signal yet that it is planning to promote the 17-year-old to a race seat in 2014.
Sirotkin, who is currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 feeder series, was signed to Sauber’s driver development programme in the wake of a tripartite financial deal struck between three Russian companies and the struggling squad.
Although several drivers have voiced their concerns over Sirotkin's lack of single-seater experience, it seems ever-more likely that he will make the step up.
Speaking about his visit to the factory, the Russian driver said it was ‘busy’, explaining: "I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I had a seat fitting, met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend. I also had a lesson with the steering wheel. I am happy because, if you had told me six months ago that one day I would visit this workshop and meet this team, I would have never believed you. It’s great. The dream is so close to becoming reality now."
Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn also revealed that the team plans to give Sirotkin his Formula 1 debut during a demo run next month, with the event to be held at the Sochi International Circuit, the location of the planned 2014 Russian Grand Prix.
"We are proud to be doing the demo run next month," Kaltenborn said of the outing, which is scheduled to take place on September 27. "It will be a historical moment when a Russian driver drives a Formula 1 car for the first time at the track in Sochi."
Sirotkin sits ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 standings with three rounds of the season remaining, a total of 117 points behind current leader Kevin Magnussen.