Small shoes a pain for Sirotkin on test debut

2014 F1 season

Sergey Sitorkin, Sauber, Bahrain, 2014Sergey Sirotkin’s first appearance at a Formula One test was disrupted by an unusual problem – his shoes were too small.

The Russian teenager had to switch to larger footwear after his first runs in the C33 at the Bahrain International Circuit.

“In the afternoon we had some difficulties with my shoes,” Sirotkin explained. “They were too small, so it was pretty painful when I was braking.”

“When we changed the shoes, it was still not the best and difficult to drive.”

Nonetheless Sirotkin was able to cover the necessary minimum mileage required to obtain an F1 superlicence, which will allow him to participate in grand prix weekends.

“It was not easy, but I am glad we completed the 300 kms,” he said. “We know that there is a lot of potential for improvement and we should all be happy with this.”

Sirotkin, who will begin his second season in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this weekend, added: “It was the first time for me in Bahrain and I liked the track.”

“In comparison to what I am used to driving in World Series by Renault, I have quite a lot more engine power and more acceleration with the Sauber C33.”

Sirotkin’s best lap during the test was a 1’39.023, the eighth-fastest of the day.

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30 comments on Small shoes a pain for Sirotkin on test debut

  1. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 8th April 2014, 18:59

    That is strange. Surely he knows what size he wears

  2. Stephen Higgins said on 8th April 2014, 19:02

    Try pulling the tongue out, Sergay.

  3. Cole (@cole) said on 8th April 2014, 19:30

    Wasn´t Hulkemberg whose feet wouldn´t fit the cockpit and had to cut his shoes last season?

  4. James (@chairmanmeowmeow) said on 8th April 2014, 19:52

    Well he does have some big shoes to fill.

  5. DD42 said on 8th April 2014, 19:54

    I knew Russia had financial troubles but I didn’t realise they were this bad.. Poor guy

  6. Matt (@mattf1f) said on 8th April 2014, 19:58

    Sirotkin thought it wouldn’t be too difficult to jump in the shoes of Sutil and I can’t blame him for that. It’s just that the shoes don’t fit.

  7. DaveW (@dmw) said on 8th April 2014, 20:22

    Not satisfied with forced-dieting, the teams are requiring foot-binding to reduce mass and improve packaging of the car.

  8. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 9th April 2014, 0:00

    At least Sirotkin’s lap times were decent.

  9. AbeyG (@1abe) said on 9th April 2014, 5:55

    Well, no pain, no gain Sergey!

  10. JustinF1 (@justinf1) said on 9th April 2014, 6:13

    If he doesn’t know how to buy racing shoes, .that’s not a good sign surely ,. .

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