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Sergey Sirotkin to make debut in Sochi practice - Russia to get home driver in Friday session

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Sergey Sirotkin to make debut in Sochi practice
Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG
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Russian racer Sergey Sirotkin was supposed to make his F1 debut this season after striking a deal with the Sauber team with Russian investment into the outfit. That didn’t come to pass, but Sirotkin has remained associated with the Swiss team and is set to make his debut just a little bit later - during first practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

The race in Sochi is due to take place in early October, and Sergey will be put to the test at a circuit that is new for everyone involved. Pirelli have confirmed which tyres they will be bringing to the brand new track, the soft and mediums, suggesting their simulation data picked those as the best for “covering a wide range of conditions”. Or in other words, they don’t know what to expect.

F1’s tyre supplier also confirmed Japan’s tyre selection, with the two hardest compounds on board for Suzuka. They say the tyres should be able to cope with “the high speeds, high abrasion and fast corners.”