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Formula One: Sauber’s Sirotkin to drive Sochi circuit in demo run!

Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber, 2013Sauber Formula One team’s upcoming young driver Sergey Sirotkin will make his debut drive in a Formula One car in a demonstration run at the new Sochi circuit in Russia.

The seventeen year old Russian will drive at the circuit in the Sauber F1 car at his countries new Grand Prix circuit which will host it’s first race in next years Formula One World Championship.

Sauber announced earlier this year that it is the teams intention to prepare Sirotkin for a possible Formula One race seat in next years championship. This follows a deal with several Russian companies for sponsorship money.

Sirotkin recently visited Sauber‘s F1 headquarters in Switzerland to get a seat fitting ready for his demonstration run at the end of Sepetember. He also visited to gain a greater understanding of Formula One, including a lesson about the steering wheel.

“My visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters was busy,” he said. “I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend.

I am happy because, if you had told me six months ago that one day I would visit this workshop and meet this team, I would have never believed you. It’s great. The dream is so close to becoming reality now.”

Sauber Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn added:

We are proud to be doing the demo run next month. It will be a historical moment when a Russian driver drives a Formula One car for the first time at the track in Sochi.”

Sirotkin currently sits ninth in the drivers standings in this years Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a best finish of second at the Aragon circuit in Spain. He will be hoping to gain the mandatory Superlicense required to compete in Formula One.

By Jordan Groves
Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing
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