Petrov emerges as Sauber candidate at expense of teenager Sirotkin
24 October, 2013
Russia first Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has emerged as a shock contender to return to Formula 1 with Sauber in 2014.
Auto Motor und Sport said that the Russian, who has raced for Renault and Caterham, is knocking at the Swiss team’s door with a €30 million sponsor.
Reportedly, Petrov could oust countryman Sergey Sirotkin, even though it was believed the 18-year-old Russian was a key element of Sauber’s financial rescue package.
AM&S, however, reports that Sirotkin’s backers are already behind in their payments to the Hinwil based team.
Petrov’s backer could be Gazprom, one of the biggest companies on earth. Until now, Sauber has said it intends to field Sirotkin next year, but the team has refused to actually officially confirm his seat.
“Our goal is to prepare Sergey for Formula 1,” Monisha Kaltenborn is quoted as saying on Thursday. “But we have some flexibility in our activities with him.”
It is now reported that Sirotkin could now spend 2014 as the reserve driver. (GMM)
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