Sirotkin set for tests in 2011 Sauber
6 September 2013 – Sergey Sirotkin says he will test Sauber's 2011-specification C30 chassis later this month as part of plans to prepare him for a race seat with the team next season.
The 18-year-old Russian, currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, is expected to make the step up to the top echelon with Sauber – following a tripartite deal with investors from his country – should he gain the superlicence required to compete.
Soon after his tests in the two-year-old car, the amount of which has not been confirmed by the Sauber team, he will complete a demo run at the Sochi circuit.
"We are planning to do some tests with a 2011 car, then we are going to do the demonstration run in Sochi on September 27," explained Sirotkin. "Then we'll do a fitness programme and all kinds of preparation to be ready at the right time.
"I try to speak a lot to the engineers, try to see all the technical staff to know as much as possible. I think everything is going well and we have time for all of that."
Sirotkin added that he is paying little attention to the negativity over his potential drive: "I try to not look at what people are saying, I just try to do my job well. If I do it right then the press will be positive. The rest is just people talking and nothing more for me."