September 4th, 2013 (F1plus).- Sauber will have a fourth driver on hand this weekend at Monza.
Always present for the Swiss team at races are Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez, and also the 'third' or reserve driver Robin Frijns.
But Speed Week reports that, making his paddock debut in Sauber colours in Italy this weekend will be Sergey Sirotkin.
The teenage Russian, although currently without a F1 super license, has signed a contract to race for the Hinwil based team in 2014, as part of Sauber's Russian rescue deal.
Sirotkin, who turned 18 late in August, will have "only three things to do at Monza," according to Speed Week correspondent Mathias Brunner.
"Learn, learn and learn."
According to the report, Sirotkin will be present for all engineering briefings, and will take part in discussions on tyre strategy.
The young Russian becoming part of Sauber's Development Programme has raise once again the debate over pay drivers and the real merits to earn an opportunity to race in Formula 1.
Sirotkin's skills are not questioned, but talent at smaller formulae and with so little experience does not necessarily translate to success on a F1 track.
There will be time to evaluate his performance.