GP2 racer Sirotkin gets Renault F1 development deal, Sochi FP1 laps

GP2 frontrunner Sergey Sirotkin will drive for Renault in first practice at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix after signing a long-term development deal with the Formula 1 team

GP2 racer Sirotkin gets Renault F1 development deal, Sochi FP1 laps

The 20-year-old, who was formerly involved with Sauber and drove in Russian GP practice for the Swiss team in 2014, will replace Kevin Magnussen for FP1 at Sochi on Friday.

Renault's racing director Frederic Vasseur said: "Sergey is one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories so it is great for us that he is joining Renault.

"We saw that he was the most promising rookie in GP2 last season [finishing third in the standings], and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title.

"He has driven the Sochi Autodrom previously so we have confidence in the job he will be able to do for us this weekend."

Sirotkin, who will race for Vasseur's ART team in GP2 this year, added: "I still can't quite believe it.

"This is a great opportunity, although it has come together so quickly.

"This is the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in free practice.

"Renault has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula 1 career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity."

Sirotkin's deal also marks the start of a collaboration between Renault and the Russian SMP Racing entity, which supports drivers and teams at several levels of motorsport.

shares
comments
Jenson Button believes McLaren must focus on F1 race pace

Previous article

Jenson Button believes McLaren must focus on F1 race pace

Next article

F1 2017 rule changes won't produce exciting racing - Nico Rosberg

F1 2017 rule changes won't produce exciting racing - Nico Rosberg
Load comments
How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator Plus

How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator

As a young boy, Carlos Sainz was schooled by his father in the special folklore surrounding Ferrari in Formula 1. Now an established grand prix ace – and a Ferrari driver to boot – Sainz opens up to BEN ANDERSON about driving for the team of his childhood hero, and of his own boyhood dreams

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2021
Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021