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2014-03-25 09:27

NOT GIVING UP: Russian teen Sergey Sirotkin is still trying to grab an F1 seat.Image: Twitter

RUSSIA - Sergey Sirotkin  will put his Formula 1 plans back on track once he obtains a super license.

Amid Sauber's financial crisis in 2013, the team appeared to be rushing the teen to the grid as the jewel in a Russian rescue deal.

THE NEXT STEP

When the 2014 season began without Sirotkin, Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told the Russian website f1news.ru that "Everything is going according to plan".

Kaltenborn said: "He has a (Formula Renault 3.5) seat with Fortec, I am sure he can get great results, and then we'll think about the next step."

The next step could be an appearance in Sochi later in 2014, as Sirotkin's native Russia hosts its inaugural grand prix in October.

Kaltenborn added: "We will certainly examine this possibility. But for this, first of all he needs a super license. That's what we're working on now - thinking about how we can make this possible."

According to 18-year-old Sirotkin, he will work on qualifying for the mandatory FIA credential at one of the post-race in-season tests, in Bahrain, Barcelona or Silverstone.

Sirotkin told the Russian broadsheet Izvestia: "In the coming months there will be the official F1 tests and that's where we plan to get it.

"I will need to drive about 300km and be competitive. When we have it (the super license) in our hands, then we will talk about the Fridays."

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