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2013-07-16 06:57

RAY OF HOPE? The difficulties of the Sauber can be seen on its car which has plenty of unused advertising space. The F1 team has announced new Russian partnerships for the 2014 season. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Financially struggling Sauber announced a partnership with three Russian entities on Monday that will lead to teenage Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin joining the Formula 1 team during the 2014 season.

Sirotkin (17) is currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

RUSSIAN TIES

Sauber said in a statement that it was linking up with the Investment Cooperation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of the North-West Russian federation and the National Institute of Aviation Technologies.

The race team said: "The partnership includes further activities for the promotion of the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014 and attracting the talented young Russian generation towards motorsport.

"In particular, a development programme will be set up for the Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin to prepare him as a racing driver for the team in 2014.

"This extensive co-operation will showcase Russian innovation at the pinnacle of motorsport. At the same time, the Sauber F1 Team will have a solid foundation to increase its competitiveness on a long-term basis.”

Sauber's current race drivers are Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez.

DESPERATE TIMES

The Swiss-based team have been seeking a new partner to get them out of a financial hole, with founder Peter Sauber recognising delays in paying some suppliers. Sauber told Blick newspaper at the weekend: "The situation is serious. It is one of the most difficult situations since I've been in motorsport.”

Sauber said details of the cooperation would be communicated at a later stage.
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