Teenager Sergey Sirotkin has landed a spot in Sauber's development programme, which could see him drive for the team in 2014.
Sauber confirmed on Monday that it had secured its long-term F1 future after signing partnerships with Russian companies Investment Corporation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of Northwest Russian Federation and the International Institute of Aviation Technologies.
As part of the agreements, the 17-year-old Sirotkin will join the Hinwil squad's development programme "to prepare him as a racing driver for the team in 2014".
The statement added: "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."
Sirotkin has been competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series for the past two seasons. He is currently eighth in the standings with 34 points.
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