Sirotkin signs Sauber race contract for 2014

Sergey Sirotkin during his seat fitting at Sauber

Sergey Sirotkin during his seat fitting at Sauber

Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin has finally signed a real contract to race a Sauber in 2014, and is thus taking a step closer to becoming F1’s youngest ever rookie.

Before the Sirotkin’s visit to Hinwil this week, Sirotkin’s race seat was a mere ambition as part of the Russian rescue deal. But Austria’s Osterreich newspaper now reports that a real contract has been signed.

The report said that the information was confirmed at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday by Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.

Der Spiegel also reported from Belgium: “Sauber has taken the 17-year-old Russian Sergey Sirotkin under contract.”

Kaltenborn said that Sauber, currently fielding German Nico Hulkenberg and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, is yet to decide who Sirotkin’s teammate will be.

Hulkenberg, linked with Felipe Massa’s Ferrari seat, admitted that he is talking to “some teams” about 2014.

Asked if he has ruled out staying at Sauber in 2014, he told Speed Week: “I don’t rule anybody out today.” (GMM)

Subbed by AJN.

Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.