Sirotkin concludes Fortec FR3.5 deal
6 January 2014 – Sauber F1 team test and reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin has signed a deal to race with Fortec Motorsports in Formula Renault 3.5, it has been announced.
Back in the summer Sirotkin had been tipped to step up and compete at the pinnacle of the sport in 2014, thanks to the arrival of a group of Russian investors – including one company owned by Sirotkin’s father, who bailed out the Swiss-based outfit. However, without the necessary experience to qualify for a superlicence, the 18-year-old will instead combine his F1 test role with a second full-season in the World Series by Renault.
“Firstly, let me thank all at Fortec for the great opportunity that they have offered to me,” Sirotkin stated. “During our test run together in Spain, I immediately had a great feeling with all the people there.
“It was a difficult December, with many important decisions for my career. But now that the full programme has been finalised, I am finally free to dedicate all my energies to the coming season.”
Jamie Dye, Fortec Motorsports team manager, added: “We’re very happy that Sergey is joining us for the 2014 season. He’s been really impressive so far in testing and has the right attitude and attention to detail that you need to succeed.
“Sergey is still young and very fast. He’s one to watch and we are really happy to have him as part of the team,” Dye concluded.