Sauber ‘convinced’ by Sirotkin potential
27 September 2013 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn says that she is ‘convinced’ by Russian youngster Sergei Sirotkin’s talent, and that she fully intends to promote him to a race seat in 2014.
Sirotkin, 18, joined Sauber’s driver development programme earlier this year following extensive Russian investment in the Hinwil-based outfit, and has since had his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at a demonstration run in Sochi, as well as undergoing a seat-fitting.
Currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Sirotkin sits eighth in the points standings, having reached the podium once during 2013. Nevertheless, Kaltenborn says that she is impressed by the qualities he has shown so far.
"We have Sergei Sirotkin under contract and it is our intention that in 2014 he will be one of our drivers," she told Formula 1’s official website. "We are convinced by him: he is a young and talented driver. Of course, to say now how he will really do on the track would be mere speculation, but we feel that from the ingredients he brings - and from what everybody could see in Monza - the basis is good.
"With all this we have a good feeling about preparing him for his super license and then to get him in," she concluded.