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Sirotkin to make debut at Sochi

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10/09/2014

Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin is to drive the Sauber C33 in FP1 at the forthcoming Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

The 19-year-old, who has already driven part of the new circuit for a promotional event, looked likely to race for the Russian team after being recruited in late 2013.

However, opting to retain Esteban Gutierrez (and his sponsors) for a second season the Swiss outfit named the Formula Renault 3.5 contender as test driver.

Sirotkin, who will be making his F1 race weekend debut at Sochi, participated in the official test following the Bahrain Grand Prix in April, finishing eighth overall.

Over the course of the season thus far, test and reserve driver Giedo Van der Garde, widely tipped for a race seat in 2015, has taken part in seven FP1 sessions.

Sirotkin is currently 5th in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, with three race weekends remaining.

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by my tyres are going off, 12/09/2014 18:13

"In 1988 the USA shot down an Iran air airbus a300 but no call from our commentators to boycott the USA grand Prix. Yes a plane has been shot down probably using a Russian missile but who fired it is still not certain. Please do not fixate on one tragedy but look at the big picture it is never black and white especially if you favour one camp as in Nico v Lewis. So whilst I love reading your F 1 insights please ask do you really understand international politics before you press post."

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2. Posted by White Lightning, 11/09/2014 8:27

"Did anybody else read the puff propaganda piece in this month's F1 Racing magazine?

Awful, awful material on how 'successful' Sochi's Olympics were, how wonderful the new transport links are, how the gloriously benevolent Russian government is opening air corridors to Sochi (what could possibly go wrong there?!?!) and quoting local Sochi officials (about whom I make no comment on their legitimacy, cleanliness and political histories) praising Moscow and assuring readers that all is well, the race will be a great success and that O'Brien is holding up five fingers...

I am nauseated that I am, by proxy of the sport I love, being forced to prostrate myself in front of a petty tyrant. I hope the Russian Grand Prix is a costly failure for all involved."

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3. Posted by mike, 11/09/2014 4:55

"I will be boycotting the Russia race...They blew up a Jet with over 100 KIDS out of the sky! What will it take for F1 to take a stand????????????????"

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