Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises
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Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises

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Sergey Sirotkin's deal to drive for Williams, at the expense of Robert Kubica, was met with a great deal of animosity, and means he'll be one of the most scrutinised drivers in F1 this season. The early signs are that he's doing everything right

There was widespread disappointment when it became clear Sergey Sirotkin would get the final seat at Williams for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign, largely because it meant Robert Kubica would not make a sensational race return.

Many felt Williams was becoming a team that needed to take pay drivers to survive again. Siroktin's backers are bringing around £15million to the team while Lance Stroll's billionaire father Lawrence facilitates further funding. But Williams has been insistent that it has settled on its 2018 line-up based purely on performance.

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