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Official: Sirotkin to partner Stroll at Williams

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16/01/2018

Williams has confirmed that Sergey Sirotkin will partner Lance Stroll in the 2018 F1 season.

According to its statement, the 22-year-old Russian impressed the team with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test where he drove the FW40 for the first time, and will make his Formula One race debut at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

"Sergey comes to Williams with a strong racing resume," said the Grove outfit. "As a member of the SMP Racing programme, in 2015 he competed in GP2, finishing third, and was the highest-placed rookie. In 2016, he was selected as Test Driver for Renault Sport F1, combining his role with a second season competing in the GP2 Series, a campaign which saw him finish third for a second successive year.

"In 2017 Sergey continued with Renault F1, and took part in four FP1 sessions as well as the Bahrain test, gaining valuable experience. Joining Formula One as an official race team driver marks Sergey's progress to the highest level of the SMP Racing programme, which develops Russian drivers from karting through every level of circuit racing.

Sirotkin has been busy preparing for this season at the team's factory and looks forward to partnering Lance Stroll, who enters his second year of Formula One, in 2018.

Speaking about the announcement, Stroll said; "First of all I would like to welcome Sergey to Williams and I am looking forward to having him as my teammate. I know Sergey and I am sure we will very quickly form a close working relationship. I really enjoyed my rookie season with the team, and there were a number of memorable highlights, on which I'll look to build on in the coming season. I'm looking forward to Barcelona, and driving the new FW41 for the first time."

"To say I'm happy and proud to join such a famous team like Williams is an understatement," added Sirotkin. "It took a huge amount of work to get where I am, and I'm really happy and thankful to everyone involved. The result of our combined efforts has helped me achieve my dream, and rest assured the team can rely on me to deliver my best."

"After an extensive driver evaluation process, I am thrilled to have our 2018 line-up finalised," said Claire Williams, "and I'm excited to see what next season brings. We have taken our time to evaluate all the available options, and I'm confident Lance and Sergey can deliver the best results for the team. The Williams philosophy has always been to promote and develop young talent and Sergey fits right into that ethos.

"Lance has had a record-breaking debut season, and with a year now under his belt, he will be ready to hit the ground running in 2018. We have a talented driver line-up for 2018, that we are confident will deliver some exciting results for the team."

"We have conducted a rigorous and exhaustive driver evaluation process," added Paddy Lowe. "Ultimately, Sergey impressed the team with his driving pace and talent, technical feedback and work ethic, both at the factory and trackside in Abu Dhabi. I'm delighted he will be joining the team to partner Lance next season. Lance will be going into his second season with us, after notable achievements in his rookie year. We have an exciting line-up for 2018 which we believe will help us to maximise the potential of the FW41."

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1. Posted by Ro, 18/01/2018 9:32

"Williams should be renamed as "Stroll-Sirotkin F1""

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2. Posted by bfairey, 18/01/2018 2:42

"$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$"

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3. Posted by mickl, 17/01/2018 22:46

"Well, I guess Williams going the path of Sauber and will probably end up a Mercedes 'B' team like Sauber is with Ferrari. Williams Smart F1 anyone?"

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4. Posted by itc, 17/01/2018 21:38

"Sirotkin isn't even the best young Russian driver at the moment, as anyone who's seen Artem Markelov in F2 will testify. Money outweighs talent yet again."

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5. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 17/01/2018 10:20

"I guess if Robert had more sponsorship than Sirotkin, he would have got the drive? pr spin does not hide this fact."

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6. Posted by meatball, 16/01/2018 20:13

"Booo!

Cut the crap Paddy!

They apparently don't care what the SOURCE of the money is, as long as the driver brings a truck-load of it. This will all equal out to yet another mediocre season for a team worthy of much greater.

The 2018 season is going to be the worst ever for F1.
"

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7. Posted by Ro, 16/01/2018 18:57

"Sponsored by dodgy Russian money"

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8. Posted by Burton, 16/01/2018 18:06

"I'd rather have Villeneuve and Hill back at their current age than these two entities."

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9. Posted by Yeyox02, 16/01/2018 17:37

""$$$$$ergey come$$$$$ to William$$$$$ with a $$$$trong racing re$$$$ume," like $$$$troll."

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10. Posted by TestaRossa, 16/01/2018 15:21

"Rusia a huge market for Martini."

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11. Posted by Ro, 16/01/2018 14:06

"A huge mistake by the Williams management. Now they have two muppets driving, and yet with the best engine they wont get anywhere. Williams need a proven, quick driver. What odds on Martini terminating the contract early?"

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12. Posted by nonickname, 16/01/2018 11:35

"I thought Martini demanded a 25 yrs plus driver?"

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