Sergey Sirotkin will remain as Renault’s reserve driver in F1 for a second consecutive year.
The Russian finished P3 in GP2’s final standings in 2016, and also signed up as Renault reserve in May. He will keep this position in 2017, and will be called on by Renault should either Nico Hulkenberg or Jolyon Palmer be unable to take part in any event.
The team’s managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul, said they are delighted to have retained his services: “I am so happy to continue the development programme with Sergey after another very good season in GP2.He will continue to focus on his development role with us as the reserve driver for the team.
Having driven in FP1 at a couple of Grands Prix, including his home race in Russia, in 2016, he will take part in more this season:
“He will have more opportunity to run in the car on Friday and that is to get the whole team involved. His level of professionalism and attention to detail is outstanding and he is constantly at the factory looking at the simulator. That is something which we noticed and something we are happy to maintain in the team.”
Sirotkin is yet to announce a competitive drive in any series for this year, but is expected to remain in GP2.