Sauber have completed a demonstration at the brand new Sochi circuit, home of the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, with upcoming driver Sergey Sirotkin behind the wheel. The young Russian was confirmed as part of Sauber’s future driver lineup when the Swiss team took on board a conglomerate of Russian investors.
Sirotkin is currently racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series and had to miss some practice running to participate in the demo, but he thinks it was worth it, saying; “These were my first metres in a Formula 1 car, which is obviously something very special, even though it was only a short part of the Sochi track.”
The Sauber could only travel along 700 metres of the finished track, and a good crowd of Russian fans were there to cheer their new driver along. Sirotkin still requires his superlicence if he is to get that coveted seat in Formula One next year, and Sauber have the Russian lined up for a lot of testing before the end of the year - in older F1 machinery to avoid getting wrapped up in the testing regulation knots.
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