Teen Sergey Sirotkin will make his formula one weekend debut in his native Russia next month.
Recently, it was believed financially struggling Sauber’s so-called ‘Russian rescue deal’ had essentially collapsed, casting doubt on the future of 19-year-old tester Sirotkin.
But just weeks ago, the Formula Renault 3.5 series frontrunner was still hopeful he would drive Sauber’s car on the Friday morning of the first ever F1 race at Sochi.
“With the test in Bahrain I got the (super) license so it is very possible that I will drive at Sochi on Friday,” he had said.
Indeed, on Wednesday, Sirotkin ‘tweeted’ that Friday, October 10 will definitely mark his Friday debut in Russia.
Hinwil based Sauber confirmed the news.
Also on Wednesday, Toro Rosso confirmed reports that its 2015 rookie Max Verstappen had completed his first proper F1 test at the Adria circuit near Venice.
It was reported that the test in a two-year-old Toro Rosso was so that the young Dutchman could qualify for his super license and then make his Friday practice debut in 2014.
A media statement said the 16-year-old ultimately completed just under 400 kilometres.
“Max did a very competent job,” said sporting director Steve Nielsen, “giving the impression he has been driving a formula one car for quite a while.” (GMM)