Sirotkin continues push for Formula 1 Super License

Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin will set his Formula 1 ambitions back on track once he obtains a Super License.

Amid Sauber’s financial crisis of 2013, the Swiss team appeared to be rushing the teen to the grid as the jewel in a Russian rescue deal.

But when the 2014 season began without Sirotkin, Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told the Russian website Formula 1news.ru that “Everything is going according to plan”.

“He has a (Formula Renault 3.5) seat with Fortec, I am sure he can get great results, and then we’ll think about the next step,” she added.

The next step could be an appearance on Friday morning in Sochi later this year, as Sirotkin’s native Russia hosts its inaugural grand prix, in October.

“We will certainly examine this possibility,” Kaltenborn said. “But for this, first of all he needs a Super License. That’s what we’re working on now – thinking about how we can make this possible.”

According to 18-year-old Sirotkin, he will work on qualifying for the mandatory FIA credential at one of the post season tests, in Bahrain, Barcelona or Silverstone.

“In the coming months there will be the official Formula 1 tests and that’s where we plan to get it,” he told the Russian broadsheet Izvestia.

“I will need to drive about 300 kilometres and be competitive. When we have [the Super License] in our hands, then we will talk about the Fridays,” Sirotkin added. (GMM)

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