F1 » Sauber has 'good feeling' about Sirotkin


Monisha Kaltenborn says Sauber can see the potential in youngster Sergey Sirotkin for the 2014 F1 season

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BooBoo123

September 27, 2013 3:53 PM

Some people are very quick to dismiss...

Whilst Sirotkin is certainly benefiting from his father's involvement in Sauber's survival (there is no denying that), has anyone taken time to learn anything about this guy?

He is young, but has won podiums in his first season of FR3.5, is a regular front runner and is one of only 2 rookies inside the top 10 overall.

Besides, wasn't Alonso only 19 when he made his F1 debut? And Button and Raikkonen made it into F1 with less European experience than this guy...

True enough, he could probably do with an extra year to ply his trade, but it's not like he is the first young guy to be making a big step.

At the end of the day, either give him a chance or see Sauber exit F1...

Fullofit

September 27, 2013 4:31 PM

@ BooBoo123

All very well, but the guys you mentioned are world champions.
Are you suggesting this guy is the next Alonso / Raikkonen?

I don't know is FR3.5 is the best measure of talent anyway. There are better drivers jumping from F3 straight to DTM, or in GP2 / GP3.

Texas Roadhouse

September 27, 2013 4:49 PM

Time was, drivers "graduated" from F3 into F1 - but in those days, the step was not so big as that would be today. There's an excellent series of articles by Tony Purnell in the Pitpass site - and one deals with the issue of pay-drivers - his suggestions of a ladder of steps based on achieved performance right from the junior karting levels through FIA sanctioned series to F1 would mean drivers arrive at the pinnacle with good experience rather than a large wedge of $$$.

BooBoo123

September 27, 2013 8:26 PM

@Fullofit...

Yes, the are World Champions, but we didn't know that back then. I'd like to shake the hand of the person who was willing to put money on Raikkonen becoming a world champion when he was racing in Formula Renault...

It sort proves my point. I'll happily stand corrected if he turns out to be rubbish, but what if Sauber hadn't given Raikkonen a chance back then?

As for the standard coming up from FR3.5, the series gave us Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Jaime Alguersuari (the latter of which was very young and acquitted himself pretty well) and most recently Jules Bianchi. Even Kovalainen and Alonso were champions of the Nissan World Series that came before it.

Besides, like I say, the alternative is there will be no Sauber on the grid at all. So what do we have to lose here?

Firestorm

September 28, 2013 7:17 AM

@BooBoo123
I agree with in the matter that is better to have Sirotkin in F1 if it does ensure the Sauber team survival. But to compare him with Raikkonen that's completely wrong. I don't know what Sergey is able to do and what the future holds for him. But I know that the Sauber team choosed Raikkonen because his mercurial talent back in 2001. The choice of Sirotkin is much more money driven than about talent. F1 already has a very young driver racing with daddy's money. And Chilton hadn't impress anyone until now. The same could happen with Sirotkin, the probability of this is very high.

Webbertron

September 28, 2013 10:42 AM

I like the idea of having a 18 year old joining F1. Some young people are good, others are not. I think that we should judge him by what he does in a F1 car, not by the number of years he has been walking around.

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