Sergey Sirotkin is suddenly sounding confident he will make his F1 debut in 2015.
The Russian teen had his maiden Friday practice outing on home soil at Sochi, declaring afterwards that his pace relative to Adrian Sutil had surprised him.
"I did not attack 100 per cent," Sirotkin told Russia's Championat. "I was not even close to the limit.
"It means the summit is not as high as I had thought. I feel like I am more than ready for next year."
|Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber C33 (Photo: WRI2)|
Sirotkin's comments follow boss Monisha Kaltenborn's claim earlier this weekend that she was set for revived talks at Sochi over Sauber's so-called 'Russian rescue deal'.
Speaking about his prospects for 2015, Sirotkin admitted: "It is very positive.
"I still cannot officially say what will happen next, but the chances are very good. I think that it will not be long until there will be an official announcement," he added.