Vandoorne: 'Williams made the right choice with Sirotkin'


Stoffel Vandoorne believes Williams' new recruit Sergey Sirotkin is the real deal and fully deserves his chance to race in Formula 1.

Williams insists its choice of awarding the Russian a seat alongside Lance Stroll was warranted by his performance against Robert Kubica at the Abu Dhabi post-season test.

Many are still debating Sirotkin's merits however, believing the 22-year-old owes his graduation to F1 to the generous support package provided by his benefactor SMP Bank.

McLaren's Vandoorne, who raced against Sirotkin in GP2 in 2015, offered a ringing endorsement of the rookie's talent.

"Williams made the right choice," the Belgian told La Derniere Heure.

" I raced against Sergey in the junior categories and I can tell you he is a very good driver. He's fast and he works hard to improve. Honestly, Sergey is much faster than many people think."

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