Russian teenager Sirotkin has first drive in a Sauber F1 car


Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin, the Russian teenager who could be racing for Sauber next season, drove a Formula 1 car for the first time on Friday at a demonstration event in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The Switzerland-based team said in a statement that the 18-year-old drove their 2012 C31 car along a 700 metre strip of the street circuit that is due to host Russia’s first grand prix, in October next year.

“These were my first metres in an F1 car, which obviously is something very special, even though it was only a short part of the Sochi track,” said Sirotkin.

“Nevertheless I was able to gain a first impression, and this was awesome.”

Financially-troubled Sauber have agreed to prepare the youngster for a race seat next year as part of a deal with new Russian partners. (Reuters)

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