Sergey Sirotkin gets enhanced Renault Formula 1 role for 2017

Sergey Sirotkin has been promoted to the role of third and reserve driver for the Renault Formula 1 team in 2017

Sergey Sirotkin gets enhanced Renault Formula 1 role for 2017

The Russian was signed as test driver last year, dovetailing his duties with a GP2 campaign with ART, where he finished third in the drivers' championship for the second successive season.

As part of his Renault test role, he drove in first practice on home soil at Sochi and then again at Interlagos as well as carrying out driving duties at the Silverstone in-season test.

This season, Sirotkin becomes a full member of the Renault squad, attending all grands prix and taking part in a yet-to-be-confirmed number of practice sessions.

"We had a very good experience working together last year and having this as a base we will make a step forward with a new role in 2017," said Sirotkin, who was announced in the role at Renault's 2017 launch in London.

"FP1 sessions will be part of my programme.

"I know these sessions are an important element of race preparation for the team.

"So my duty in these is to fulfil all their targets, rather than just trying to set the fastest time I can at any given moment."

Having secured the role as back-up for Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer for now, the 21-year-old has set his sights on making his F1 race debut next year.

"I don't think anyone would be surprised if I said that my main target for the 2018 season is to have a seat as a Formula 1 race driver and that's what I'm working towards," Sirotkin said.

"I'm here to learn and be an asset to the team as well as show that I am worthy of further opportunities."

When asked what he could learn from working alongside Palmer and Hulkenberg, Sirotkin said: "It doesn't matter if it's from Nico and Jolyon or from any situation, there is always a lot to learn in this life.

"If I spend a day not getting better in some way, it's a lost day.

"I will never change this approach to everything I do and of course, I expect to learn something from both of the race drivers and all of the team as well."

shares
comments
Renault Formula 1 team launches its 2017 car in London

Previous article

Renault Formula 1 team launches its 2017 car in London

Next article

Four-time F1 world champion Prost gets new role with Renault team

Four-time F1 world champion Prost gets new role with Renault team
Load comments
The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break Plus

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021