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Sirotkin to start Sauber programme

ESPN Staff
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Sergey Sirotkin is currently ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 standings in his first season in the category © Renault

Sergey Sirotkin will begin his development programme with Sauber next week ahead of a planned race seat in 2014.

Part of the package which came with Russian investment in to Sauber was that Sirotkin would be one of the team's race drivers next season despite the 17-year-old's lack of experience. Sauber said it would prepare Sirotkin for the role, with Monisha Kaltenborn confirming in Hungary that one of the aims was for him to secure a superlicence; the lack of which is currently preventing him from taking part in Friday practice sessions.

A statement from Sirotkin's management has now revealed that the first part of the development programme will take place next week.

"During the visit scheduled for August 20-22, Sergey will get acquainted with the team's personnel, its technical equipment and F1 car," the statement read.

The progression of Sirotkin's programme comes after Sauber had to deny reports there is uncertainty surrounding the Russian partnership.