Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin is set to drive a Ferrari F1 car in a 300km test at the Fiorano test track as he looks to confirm his super-license for 2014.
The 18-year-old is set to become the youngest driver in F1 history when he joins Sauber in 2014 as part of a deal with the team's Russian investors though the last hurdle to overcome appears to be achieving the obligatory super-license.
Last weekend Sirotkin drive his first few hundred metres in a F1 car taking part in a demonstration at the Sochi F1 circuit, where the first 700m of tarmac has now been laid.
"These were my first metres in a Formula One car, which obviously is something very special," said the Russian.
Some publications actually doubt whether it was the teen's first time in a F1 car with some reporting he drove at the Vairano track two-days prior to his Sochi outing.
Next for Sirotkin seems to be test in a Ferrari at the team's Fiorano test track this is where his bid for the super-license will properly begin.
"Actually, it's only a formality," he said to reporters. "We have two days to show race pace over 300 kilometres.
"I take it very seriously, but I'm not afraid of it. I believe that I can do it."
Asked to confirm if it will be a Ferrari he will be driving, Sirotkin confirmed: "Yes. The first tests will be at Fiorano."
Such was the importance of the event to the Russian, he missed the first race at Paul Ricard where he should have been participating in the Formula Renault 3.5, he did however take part in the second race.
With Sirotkin seemingly on the path to F1 the question now is who will join him at Sauber.
German Nico Hulkenberg seems all but certain to be leaving: "Drivers come, drivers go," Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn told F1's official website. "Hopefully the team stays and - in our case - remains the fourth oldest.
Speculations has linked a number of drivers to the second seat and now another Russian, former Renault and Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov has thrown his hat in the ring.
"Hulkenberg is likely to leave," he told Championat, "and they are not too happy with Gutierrez."
Kaltenborn denied the team was unhappy with Mexican Gutierrez, who brings in a lot of sponsorship from his homeland.
"We will announce our driver lineup, which we always do for one year (at a time), when the time is right," she insisted.
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