Russia’s Sergey Sirotkin will join Sauber as one of the team’s two Formula One drivers in 2014 as part of a new partnership with three Russian organizations that will help fund the team going forward.
The partnership includes further activities for the promotion of the planned inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014 and attracting talented young Russians to motorsport. Sauber also plans to organize a training program for Sirotkin ahead of the 2014 season.
The Russian organizations involved are the Investment Cooperation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of North-West Russian Federation and the National Institute of Aviation Technologies.
Moscow-born Sirotkin, 17, is currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, having taken his maiden podium in the series earlier this year. He has previously secured two victories in the Auto GP World Series as well as the 2011 Formula Abarth Euro title. The only Russian Formula One driver to date was Vitaly Petrov, who raced for Renault/Lotus and Caterham from 2010 to 2012.