Sergey Sirotkin has shared the first flat on Tuesday with Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer at the presentation of the RS17 Renault, as did Esteban Ocon a year before with Palmer and Kevin Magnussen. And is that the Russian, whose competitive destination this year is still an unknown, will be the reserve driver for the French brand for this season.
The Russian pilot, 21 years of age, had the opportunity to play two sessions of free practice, as a pilot development of Renault, the Big Prizes of Russia and Brazil. She combined this work with his second full season in GP2 with ART, where he repeated his performance of the previous year with a third place in the general, even though it was something away from the title fight due to a bad start and an untimely spate of incidents in the third final of the year.
Now, Sirotkin will be present at all the Great Prizes, always and when not arising out of any other commitment competitive to prevent it, and will take part in some free practice sessions, yet to be determined. The Russian pilot believes that this experience will be useful to plan its entry into Formula 1 as an official driver in 2018:
“we Had a very good experience working together last year, and taking this as basis, we take a step forward with a new role in 2017. The Free 1 will be part of my program, I know that these sessions are an important element of the preparation of the race for the team. I Think that no one would be surprised if I say that my main goal for 2018 is to have a seat in Formula 1, and that I’m working. I am here to learn, and be an asset to the team, in addition to prove that I am worthy of more opportunities.”
Also, Sirotkin is required itself to obtain the maximum possible learning, and to meet the goals that the team will check: “it doesn’t matter if you learn of Nico, Jolyon or another situation, there is always a lot to learn in this life. If step a day without improving in any aspect, is a day lost. Never going to change this approach in anything that I do and, of course, I hope to learn something of both pilots, and all the equipment also. So my duty is to meet all of its objectives, instead of trying to mark only the best time you can in a given time”.
Renewal in the Renault Sport Academy
Renault, in addition, has confirmed the creation of the Renault Sport Academy, which was rescued last year. From among the five members, in 2016, three have ceased to be a part of it: Oliver Rowland, who will continue in GP2 with DAMS, and is expected to continue to be affiliated with Renault in any way; Louis Delétraz, who will make the leap to GP2 with Racing Engineering after rubbing the title in the Formula V8 3.5, and Kevin Jörg, who will be competing in GP3 with Trident.
still in the academy Jack Aitken, which has been announced today as a new pilot of ART in GP3 after being fifth with Arden, and the chinese Sun Yue Yang, which will debut in single-seaters in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with JD Motorsport. They will add two new pilots, the british Max Fewtrell and the Dutch Jarno Opmeer. Fewtrell has been champion of the Formula 4 british in their first season, and will play this year’s Formula Renault 2.0 with Tech 1. Opmeer, for its part, has been the only rival of his fellow countryman Richard Verschoor in the Formula 4 NEZ, in which he was runner-up, and also played the 2.0, in your case with MP Motorsport.