Sirotkin made his debut in the Formula 1 paddock last weekend, spending time in the team’s garage over the Italian Grand Prix weekend and getting to know the team that he could potentially be working with next season.
Young drivers have to meet strict criteria set by the FIA in order to gain their super-license, including at least 300km of running in Formula 1 machinery and success in junior motorsport categories.
Sirotkin confirmed just prior to the Italian Grand Prix weekend that he will test a 2011 Sauber F1 car later in the season, in order to reach the required mileage for a super-license. Kaltenborn told media in the Monza paddock that Sirotkin will be racing for the Swiss squad in 2014 if he gets his super-license.
She said: “As far as generally our driver line-up is concerned, we know that we would like to have Sergey next year as our driver but he still needs a super-licence and that’s something which you should take seriously. People shouldn’t think that we just feel that he’s just going to get it like that.”
Kaltenborn added that she is confident he can get his super-license and they will do their best to prepare him for his F1 debut: “We are convinced he can do it, we will do our best to prepare him and there still is a big step. If that all works out we will see what options we have and announce that in due course.”
The 18-year-old is currently racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series but has only scored one podium finish so far, a second place at the Motorland Aragon circuit. He has come under fire for being too young and inexperienced to make his F1 debut next season, but the teenager isn’t fazed by the negative press.
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