As expected, the team Williams announced the signing of a contract combat pilot with Sergey Sirotkin. In 2018, after three seasons as the third and reserve driver of Sauber and the Renault, the Russian finally makes its debut in Formula 1.
22-year-old Russian pilot was competing for a place in the team with Robert Kubica and performed in tyre tests in Abu Dhabi. Half a day in the car FW40 Sergei was enough to impress the team and sway the choice in their favor.
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Sirotkin will replace the Williams Felipe Massa, who left Formula 1 after 15 seasons, and will become a companion of the young canadian lance Stroll and second novice championship in 2018 along with the current F2 champion Charles LeClair.
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“Just to say that I am happy and proud that I will be a Russian driver in Formula 1, composed of such famous teams as Williams is nothing to say, Sirotkin cites the press service of the SMP Racing. – I’m really happy and very grateful to everyone who took part in the enormous work which has been carried out. All our efforts eventually led to the result, which actually is only the beginning of our journey. I can assure you that the team will get from me everything in my power, and undoubtedly can count on me”.
Founder and Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg added: “the Participation of Russian pilots in key Motorsport competitions – one of the tasks facing us. In 2018, we are taking another step, steadily climb to a new, higher level of development of the program: released in the claim 1, wherein driving the car Williams will be Sergey Sirotkin. This event will surely delight the Russian fans and had a strong impact on the development of Russian Motorsport.”
Deputy head Williams Claire Williams welcomed the Russian driver in the team.
“I am very pleased that after an intensive selection process, we decided on our lineup for 2018, and now I am looking forward that will bring us a new season,’ said Clare in an interview to the press service of the team. – It took us a while to evaluate all the available options. I’m sure lance and Sergei will achieve good results.
Williams philosophy has always been to promote young talents, and an invitation Sirotkin is fully consistent with this approach. Our team will be performing two talented racer, which we are sure will bring us great results.”
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