Future Sauber driver Sergey Sirotkin has called 2013 “the worst season of my life” and admitted that he is not yet ready to step up to Formula One, although he is confident that he will be sufficiently prepared for his debut in Australia in March.
Sirotkin is set to become the youngest driver in the history of the sport at the age of eighteen, with his arrival at Sauber being part of a rescue package from some Russian investors. With the inaugural Russian Grand Prix being held at Sochi next season, a home driver has been secured, but Sirotkin admits that he has a lot of work to do.
“Our preparation programme has just started so I am not quite ready but by the time the first race comes, I will be ready, I know that,” Sirotkin explained to online publication crash.net. “There is nothing I am afraid of. I am looking forward to it.”
Today marked the final round of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 championship, with the series widely being regarded as a training ground for future F1 drivers. However, Sirotkin has failed to impress this year, claiming two podiums and finishing in the points on just three further occasions to finish the championship in ninth place.
“This was the worst season of my life,” he said. “Unfortunately I am really unhappy with it. We had some very bright races but so many bad things happen. We are really not happy.”
Sirotkin’s teammate for 2014 has yet to be revealed but Felipe Massa and the team’s current pairing of Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg are all thought to be in the running for the seat.