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Sauber considering Sirotkin-Gutierrez line-up in 2014

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Gutierrez has a decent chance of staying at Sauber. (©GettyImages)
Gutierrez has a decent chance of staying at Sauber. (©GettyImages).

Sauber are considering partnering current driver Esteban Gutierrez with Russian teen Sergey Sirotkin in 2014, according to their team boss.

Monisha Kaltenborn is resigned to the fact she will lose highly-rated German Nico Hulkenberg next season, and it is believed an experienced driver will be drafted in to help the Russian get up to speed in F1. However, it now seems that the prospect of 22-year-old Gutierrez staying at Sauber also seems possible.

Earlier this week another driver in contention, former Renault and Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov, claimed Sauber are unhappy with the Mexican, though Sirotkin himself denied that claim.

"As far as I know inside the team they are very happy with him," he said.

Asked if he would like a more experienced teammate in 2014, Sirotkin replied: "It's hard to say.

"Very often someone who you do not expect actually goes very well, and sometimes someone with a big name does not cause much excitement.

"I'm ready for any option, because I know what job I have to do."

Indeed, with the 18-year-old set to join as part of a Russian investment deal with Sauber, Kaltenborn said her team was keeping an open mind as to who they will choose to join him.

"If you look at the history of our team," she added.

"We often had two young and not very experienced drivers, and often we did some of our best seasons. It is always good to have a certain mix of qualities, but our team has vast experience of working with young drivers," added Kaltenborn.

Asked specifically if a Sirotkin-Gutierrez lineup could work, she concluded: "We would not have any reason to worry about it, no."

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