Sirotkin signed as test driver at Sauber
21 December 2013 – Following the news of Gutierrez' signing as the Sauber F1 team's driver for the upcoming season the team also announced Sergey Sirotkin as the team's test driver in 2014. The Russian 18-year-old joined Sauber back in August following the financial injection of his father's company this summer.
While in September Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn already said that they were going to get Sirotkin his Superlicense to 'get him in' the team signed up Gutierrez for another season with the team and Sirotkin will have to stay on the side for another season working on his Superlicense. Nevertheless the team remains positive on the youngster. "We have been working with Sergey since August, and he has been able to gain more and more insight into Formula One," Kaltenborn said. "Now he is taking the next step towards the top level of motorsport in his new role as a test driver. Our experience of him is as a very focused, calm and talented driver. Now we will continue to support him, including obtaining his super license. Our goal remains to prepare him for a debut in Formula One.”
Sergey Sirotkin commented on his test contract with Sauber: “It’s a big chance for me to become the test driver for the Sauber F1 Team. I will work hard to improve myself and to extract the maximum out of this opportunity. Formula One is very complex, so it is important to get an opportunity like this. My main focus next year, however, will be the World Series by Renault, which is very competitive. This will give me the chance to prepare even better in order to be ready for the next big step.”