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Sirotkin blames shoes for lack of pace on F1 test debut

Shoes that were too small were to blame for Sergey Sirotkin's lack of pace during Tuesday's running in Bahrain
Sauber debutant Sergey Sirotkin says he was unable to show his true pace due to a problem with his shoes.

Sirotkin was taking part in his first full test session for Sauber, completing enough laps to qualify for a superlicence which would allow him to take part in Friday practice sessions. However, he wasn't fully satisfied after setting the eighth fastest time – some 3.3s off the pace – after complaining of an issue with his footwear.

“Every driver if he has a chance he wants to continue to drive and continue to improve,” Sirotkin tol Crash.net in Bahrain. “Unfortunately I have to go to Monza [for World Series by Renault this week] so I have no chance to repeat this. We did a long run, we did something to see the lap time; unfortunately we had some problem with the shoes! It may be a bit strange but for some reasons we just didn't do the lap time.

“But we know that putting it all together it could be a couple of seconds quicker which looking at the weekend is quite a good lap time and we should be happy about what we did.”

Explaining in detail what the issue was, Sirotkin revealed he was having to wear shoes that were too small for him.

“The problem was that my shoes didn't arrive and the ones we had here were too small. When you brake hard it gave a lot of problems with the feet, so really at one stage I couldn't come back to the pits it was so painful. There are so many braking points here that every time you go on the straights you thing 'Argh, no, I need to brake next corner!

“It was really a lot of trouble. I was not able to finish the laps. Every time I started a really good lap due to this I was never able to finish the lap. Anyway, it's the first time for me. The first time with new equipment and I didn't know exactly what should be here. So these things can happen, it's nothing strange for me…”

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April 09, 2014 2:53 AM

I can understand how what he is describing would be a pretty big issue driving an F1 car, however I find it inconceivable that - a) he was not fitted out with his own Sauber branded gear quite some time ago (has he not already driven the Sauber?), b) he did not have any other FIA approved shoes of his own, c) he could not source a suitable pair of shoes once the problem was found.

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