Sergey Sirotkin was a surprise inclusion in the 2018 Williams driver line-up, the well-backed Russian showed a good turn of speed and impressed the team enough at the last season’s final Formula 1 test to get chosen above Robert Kubica and will partner Lance Stroll in the team this year.
Sirotkin said at the launch of the Williams FW41 in London on Thursday, “I feel really excited ahead of the season. I’ve spent a lot of time at the factory, I’m almost living there at the moment which has been great motivation for me and for all of the people around the factory.”
“It’s been a big enjoyment to start working properly with all the mechanics and engineers, and it’s going well.”
“I’ve been training hard and I’ve been in the simulator regularly, going through different set-ups with the car, different tracks, seat fittings and also a lot of engineering meetings and factory tours to meet everyone. I’ve been having fun with all the guys from different departments.”
“It’s busy times, but I am really enjoying it. I’m getting ready for the season in the best possible way,” added 22-year-old Sirotkin.
Claire Williams said of her team’s new charge, “Sergey has impressed the technical team and it is great for us to be able to give him the opportunity to step up into a race seat.”
Big Question: Is Sergey ready for Formula 1?