Sauber test driver Sergey Sirotkin will take part in his maiden Friday practice outing for the Swiss team at next month’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old joined the team last year as part of an significant investment package from his homeland, with his sponsors and the team working on a programme to get him ready for a potential race seat in Formula 1.

He had his first official appearance in an F1 car during a brief demonstration run in September last year, followed by a longer hit-out at the in-season test at Bahrain (pictured) in which he earned his FIA Superlicense.

This year, Sirotkin currently competes in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Fortec Motorsports. With one win and two podiums, he currently lies fifth in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

The inaugural Russian Grand Prix will take place at the Sochi Autodrom on October 10-12.

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