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F1: Friday debut at Sochi 'very possible' for Sergey Sirotkin

From GMM

Russian race car driver Sergey Sirotkin is still hopeful he will make his Formula 1 weekend debut in 2014.

Earlier a shoo-in for a Sauber seat amid the Swiss team's supposed Russian rescue deal, the 18-year-old has more recently appeared to be on the backburner.

"I'm just a test driver," he told Russia 2 sports television this week.

Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber C33
Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber C33 (Photo: WRI2)

"With the test in Bahrain I got the (super) license so it is very possible that I will drive at Sochi on Friday. At the very least I will be with the team.

"For me it's a positive thing -- to gain experience.

"There are some options for next year, on which we are working very hard," Moscow-born Sirotkin added, "and I think that one of them should work out."