The Russian driver currently races in Formula Renault 3.5 with one podium finish to his name so far – a second place at the Motorland Aragon circuit. He is a former Formula Abarth European champion and finished third in last year’s Auto GP series.
The 18-year-old will make his first public appearance for the Swiss team at the Sochi demo but will test the two-year-old car beforehand in preparation for the event. Sauber will run Sirotkin in 2014, providing that he acquires a superlicense, as part of their deal with a number of Russian partners.
“We are planning to do some tests with a 2011 car, then we’re going to do a demonstration run in Sochi on 27 September,” Sirotkin revealed. “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 that.”
He admits that he is not paying attention to concerns over his age and inexperience. He thinks that results will be the best way to silence the critics: “I try to not look at what people are saying about me, I just try to do my job well. If I do it right then all the press around it will be positive so I try to concentrate on my job; the rest is just people talking and nothing more for me.”
Part of Sirotkin’s training ahead of his potential F1 race debut next season includes work in a simulator. However, Sauber doesn’t have one of its own so he is looking to use another teams facilities: “We are planning to because Sauber doesn’t have its own simulator. I don’t know the concrete dates but we are planning to do this.”
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