Renault to run Sirotkin in FP1 at Sochi

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Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joinded Renault F1 as a test driver with a long term development plan, which includes running in FP1 at this week's Russian Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old will use Kevin Magnussen’s R.S.16 car for the 90 minute practice session on Friday morning.

"Sergey is one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories so it is great for us that he is joining Renault Sport," commented team boss Frédéric Vasseur.

"We saw that he was the most promising rookie in the GP2 Series last season, where he achieved a race win and podiums, and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title.

"He has driven the Sochi Autodrom in a GP2 Series car previously so we have confidence in the job he will be able to do for us this weekend.

"For Renault Russia it is a good opportunity to harness the growing popularity of Russian motorsports, starting this weekend with the Russian Grand Prix and looking forward to the Moscow ePrix, which will be held again near the walls of the Kremlin on 4 June."

As for Sirotkin, the young hopeful is understandably ecstatic over the opportunity to showcase his talent with Renault and in front of his home crowd.

"This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it.

"This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1.

"Renault Sport, which I would like to thank, has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula One career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity.

"My commitment to challenge for the GP2 Series title will be enhanced by such a great chance and I would like to thank SMP Racing for the great support given to my career, commencing in Sochi, in front of my compatriots."

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