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Sergey Sirotkin: I don't feel any pressure

At the final round of the Formula Renault 3.5 season, Sergey Sirotkin spoke of the importance of his Sauber F1 deal.
As the Formula Renault 3.5 season draws to a close at the Circuit de Catalunya, Sergey Sirotkin reveals that his season was not affected by his recent connections to Sauber, despite the extensive media coverage this has garnered.

“I don't feel any pressure, it was the opposite. I have enjoyed learning about the higher stages of motor racing. I am proving a lot that I am stronger in myself as a driver”, he told Crash.net.

As for whether he felt he was ready for F1 next year, he admitted that it could still take some time if he is to reach the standards required of him. The Russian first drove a Sauber three weeks ago during a demonstration lap at the Sochi Circuit.

“Our preparation programme has just started so I am not quite ready but by the time the first race comes, I will be ready, I know that. There is nothing I am afraid of; I am looking forward to it”, he continued.

“It's a bit different driving an F1 car. I need to get used to the power steering. It took a bit of time but we were happy with our lap times at Sochi. The minimum speeds in the corner are very similar to my current car. The step that needs to be made is not surprising, it is to be expected like any other championship”, he said.

Despite his insistent that the Sauber deal has only benefited his season, he did confess that his racing did not go as planned. The teenager was frank about his disappointment following the final race of the season.

“This was the worst season of my life; I was very unlucky. Every time I would say, 'tomorrow next time', we always say this but it never comes. Unfortunately I am really unhappy with it. We had some very bright races but so many bad things happen. We are really not happy”, Sirotkin added post race.

“I am very much disappointed. We thought it could be good. It's all been bad luck”.

By Katie Grimmett

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Sergey Sirotkin samples the Sauber C31 in Sochi [Pic credit: Sauber]

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October 20, 2013 3:56 PM

Young drivers who feel real pressure are people like Robin Frijns, who despite being a phenomenal talent is given so few opportunities to truly show it due to a lack of funding. Robin has to make the most of every rare chance he's given, his career rides on it. Sirotkin doesn't feel pressured because he isn't. He's sailing into F1 on a tsunami of Russian cash, whether he deserves it or not... He can rest easy each night while many other - and arguably more talented drivers are desperately trying to keep their dreams alive.


October 20, 2013 3:20 PM

So sad that F1 sometimes requires a paying driver. I understand it is sometimes necessary for the smaller teams to survive but he is going to be in a lot of trouble next season. Probably the worst driver to take to the F1 grid in a long time. However, it isn't hid fault. He is very young and just doesn't have theexperience yet. 9th overall in the Renault championship? Ouch. Sucks for the front runners. I'd be really mad but thats life. Money trumps all.

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