Sergey Sirotkin gets FP1 nod for Sochi at Sauber

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Sergey Sirotkin will have his first running on a Grand Prix weekend when the Formula One circus visits his home country of Russia next month.

Sauber confirmed the teenager, one of the team’s test drivers, will run in free practice one during the Russian Grand Prix weekend October 10-12. No word has come through yet as to whether he’ll be filling in for Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez. As Sochi is a new circuit, the track will be new to everyone and banking a bunch of laps will be crucial.

His prior running this year occurred during an in-season test at Bahrain, where Sirotkin completed 76 laps.

Sauber has seemed to be more in the news for its driver lineup and its potential future on the grid as rumors of a buyout by Canadian Lawrence Stroll have circulated over the last couple weeks.

Sirotkin joins reserve driver Giedo van der Garde in having had a FP1 outing this season. The Dutchman has been in seven FP1 sessions.

Sauber affiliated driver Simona de Silvestro has had several tests, but not enough to confirm her FIA Superlicense as yet. There still could be an outside chance the Swiss driver could run in a FP1 session later this season.