Russian GP FP1 debut very possible claims Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin is still hopeful he will make his Formula 1 Free Practice 1 debut in 2014, and most preferably at his home race – the first ever Russian Grand Prix..

Earlier a shoo-in for a Sauber seat amid the Swiss team’s supposed Russian rescue deal, the 18-year-old has more recently appeared to be on the backburner.

“I’m just a test driver,” he told Russia 2 sports television this week. “With the test in Bahrain I got the (super) license so it is very possible that I will drive at Sochi on Friday. At the very least I will be with the team.

“For me it’s a positive thing — to gain experience. There are some options for next year, on which we are working very hard,” Moscow-born Sirotkin added, “and I think that one of them should work out.” (GMM)