Sirotkin remains Sauber reserve despite Van der Garde’s arrival

Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin remains a Sauber Test Driver despite the team’s appointment of Giedo van der Garde in a similar role for the Swiss outfit.

A Sauber spokesman informed Grand Prix 247, “Sergey is test driver for the Sauber F1 Team in 2014. Whether he will get some FP1 opportunities is open at this point in time.”

Sirotkin was confirmed as Sauber test driver just before Christmas, on the same day that the team announced that Esteban Gutierrez would continue with the team alongside newcomer Adrian Sutil.

At the time Sirotkin said, “The contract doesn’t say how often I’ll drive the car on Fridays, but the position of third driver does include visits to the grands prix.”

Asked specifically about the participation in FP1 sessions, he added, “I have no doubt that one of them will be the grand prix in Sochi.”

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said, “We will continue to support him, including obtaining his super license. Our goal remains to prepare him for a debut in F1.” (GP247)

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