Sergey Sirotkin will drive in an F1 practice session for the first time at the Russian Grand Prix.
Sauber confirmed the 19-year-old from Moscow will drive the car after Sirotkin made the announcement on Twitter today.
Sirotkin will drive in the first practice session but at present the team have no further plans for him to drive at any other race weekends.
He joined the team as a development driver last year after the team signed a development deal with Russia’s National Institute of Aviation Technologies.
Sirotkin currently holds fifth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship having won once this year at Moscow Raceway. He finished ninth in his first season in the category last year.
Questions have been raised over whether the inaugural race will go ahead next month as Russia has been the focus of economic sanctions due to its actions in Ukraine. F1 teams have said they will take instruction from the FIA on whether the race will go ahead.
Asked about the race last week Mercedes’ Toto Wolff said: “We must rely on the governing body and the promoter to give us guidance and to give us information.”
“It is always dangerous to read the news and build an opinion, because that opinion could be very wrong of what is really going on. And I think this is what we are going to do, rely on the opinion of the FIA and decide or then go forward, with their guidance.”
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