Sauber could put its so-called ‘Russian rescue deal’ back on track this weekend.
The struggling Swiss team announced the Russian investments over a year ago, adding that the Russian teen Sergey Sirotkin would be in the cockpit. The entire deal then went very quiet, but Sirotkin will finally get his first grand prix outing on Friday when, on home turf, he practices in Esteban Gutierrez’s car. “For me it has to be a priority to race in formula one for Sauber in 2015,” the Swiss newspaper Blick quotes Sirotkin as saying.
Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, however, is promising nothing, despite rumours she might replace Mexican Gutierrez with Sirotkin next year. But she warned: “We have several options for how to proceed.”
As for the ‘Russian rescue deal’ that many had speculated had collapsed altogether, Kaltenborn revealed at Sochi: “There will be talks here.”