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Sergey Sirotkin took part in the demonstration runs on the Renault RE40 at Silverstone
Driver of the SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin took part in the demonstration runs on the British GP, where Renault and Williams celebrated their 40th anniversary in Formula 1.
On Sunday, Sergey drove a few laps at Silverstone on the legendary Renault RE40 car, which in 1983 Alan Prost became vice-champion, and the Renault team took second place in the world championship. In that year, together with Eddie Cheever they won 4-times, took 3 pole position and 3 fastest laps in races.
Driver of the SMP Racing drove Renault cars along with former test-driver of the team - Frank Montagny, and Rene Arnoux, who perform for the French team from 1979 to 1982.
«Perhaps these were the most special laps in my life, — said SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin about his participation in the demonstration runs. - First of all, I want to say thanks to Renault Sport F1 team and SMP Racing program for this opportunity! I've never driven retro cars before, so it was an incredible experience. I really liked this car, and I would like to once again be behind the wheel of RE40!»
The source of information: SMP Racing
19 July 2017
Sergey took part in the FP1 of the Austrian Grand Prix
Driver of the SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin took part in the first free practice of the Austrian GP. The Russian driver replaced Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel of R.S.17.
Almost immediately after the start of the session, Renault team pilots conducted a standard procedure, which was to leave go to the track and return to the pits on the same lap. After verifying the car's performance, Sergey showed his first installation laps. Unlike the team-mate, who used supersoft, on the Sirotkin’s car were soft on the first laps. Then followed another stint on the already used set of rubber.
After a small traditional break in the middle of the practice, when engineers and mechanics change the adjustments, Sergey reappeared on the track - this time on the supersoft. The Russian improved his time a bit, then again returned to the pit lane. On the last series of laps, he went 6 minutes before the end of practice, using the same compound, and then there was a simulation of the pit stop.
At the end of the session Russian there were 26 laps, the fastest of which 1:08.586.
"It's nice to be back behind the wheel of the Renault car, said SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin about his participation in the FP1 of the Austrian Grand Prix. - I am glad that this time I was able to conduct the session in full and complete the planned program. The only difficulty we faced is traffic. There is a very short track. Yellow flags constantly appeared on different sectors. In addition, almost all the time on the track there were cars that were returning to the pits. All this influenced the work with the tires. A harder type of rubber is more difficult to keep in the right temperature window. Today I did not work with ultrasoft, and most of the time I spent on soft, in traffic it was more difficult for me to maintain this rubber in working condition. Despite not the fastest lap time, I can say that today we did not work on speed, but we collected a lot of information on the car updates, and so far, everything looks very good. Thanks to the team, thanks to the program SMP Racing, we have done a great job and I'm ready to work further!"
Sergey Sirotkin will continue his weekend in Austria as part of the Renault Sport F1 team, but already watching the work of the drivers from the side in contact with the engineers of the team.
The source of information: SMP Racing
07 July 2017
Sergey will take part in the first practice of the Austrian GP
Driver of the SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin will take part in the first practice of the Austrian Grand Prix, replacing Nico Hulkenberg in the wheel of R.S.17.
For Russian this practice will be the third Friday practice in Formula 1 this season. Remind that Sergey has already replaced the team's main drivers in the first practice in Russian and Spanish GP.
Sirotkin already has experience of performances at the circuit in Spielberg: he performed here as part of the World Series of Renault 3.5 and GP2 Series. SMP Racing driver has there is a podium and a pole position on this Austrian track.
As part of the upcoming weekend, Sergey Sirotkin will not participate in the Formula 2 round. Alexander Albon, whom Sergey replaced in Baku, recovered from the injuries and returned to the ART GP team.
"I am very happy that Alexander has recovered and will again perform for his team, - said SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin. - I'm happy to get behind the wheel of the Renault car. Since I last drived this car, I have already testing with the team, performed at Le Mans and at the stage of Formula 2, and also held demonstrations in Goodwood, but to participate in the Formula 1 weekend is still something special! I like the track in Spielberg. I really like the old, historic racing tracks, and the Red Bull Ring is just one of those tracks. I hope that this time we will completely fulfill the planned program for practice, we will collect a lot of information on the car and start a good weekend for the team!"
The source of information: SMP Racing
06 July 2017
Sergey Sirotkin took part in the festival of speed in Goodwood
Driver of the SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin took part in the traditional festival of speed, which takes place in Goodwood, Great Britain.
Within the framework of this event, competitions for climbing the hill on historical Formula 1 cars, rally cars, the newest hyper and super cars, concept cars, motorcycles and other vehicles are held for four days in a row. In addition, there are exhibitions and various shows with the participation of auto and airplanes.
On Saturday, Sergey Sirotkin presented the Renault Sport F1 Team and performed on the car Renault (Lotus) E20.
"For the first time I participate in such an event," - commented SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin on the participation in the festival. - Earlier I already performed at the racing show, but Goodwood is a real festival for spectators! There are a nice people and I'm driving a great car. Drivers like to come here, because here is an indescribable automobile atmosphere. I, for example, in my whole life have not seen so many different racing cars as this weekend! I had a lot of fun and I saw my partner on ART GP - Nobuharu Matsushita and last year's GP2 rival - Pierre Gasly."
The source of information: SMP Racing
02 July 2017
Sergey Sirotkin completes round of Formula 2 in Baku
Driver of the SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin in this weekend took part in the round of Formula 2 in Baku. The Russian driver temporarily replaced Alexander Albon in the team ART GP, with which last year he was able to become 3rd in the overall championship.
Weekend for Sergey was not easy. After only 6 laps in the practice, the Russian had problems with the electrician, as a result of which the car stopped at the track and continued training failed.
A few hours later, in the qualifing, Sergey could not drive almost any clean lap. Several times over the route appeared red flags: first, he heavily smashed his car Luca Giotto, and then at the narrowest point of the track Nicholas Latifi broke a part of the front wing. In addition, because of smaller incidents were yellow flags. As a result, Sergey was able to qualify only at the seventeenth position.
On the first laps of the feature race, Sergey made his way to 12th place, but unlike other drivers, pit-stop he did not under the yellow flags and lost a few positions on it. After a bitter struggle on the track, for a few laps before the finish, the SMP Racing driver held the eighth position and the reverse pole in the Sunday race, but Sean Galael, who was tightly pursued by Sirotkin, made a mistake in the eighth turn and heavily crashed his car, provoking an accident of several more cars, Among which was the car of Sergey Sirotkin. Since the track was blocked, the organizers stopped the race with red flags, and then it was decided not to restart the race. The results of the race were recorded in the previous lap: Sergey became the 10th and earned one point.
At the start of sprint race, Sergey from 10th place was able to break through to 7th, and after the retire of Oliver Rowland and Nyck de Vries, he closed the top five. At the end of the ninth lap Sirotkin outstripped Ralph Bushong, but missed Charles Leclerc. The rest of the race, Sergey pursued Jordan King and defended himself against the attacks of Artem Markelov, who in turn pursued Nobuharu Matsushita and Luca Giotto. However, due to a significant shortage of speed on the long straight third sector, the SMP Racing driver finished in 5th position. But after the finish of the race on the King's car, a discrepancy between the minimum tire pressure was revealed, as a result of which the driver was disqualified, and his results were canceled and Sirotkin took the 4th place in the final protocol of the race.
"This is not exactly what we expected, - commented SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin about the round in Azerbaijan - I came here to fight for the highest places, but because of problems in practice and qualifing we were far enough." In both races, I think we could spend the weekend much better, but I want to say that I was glad to return to Formula 2 and help my team ART GP in Baku! I also want to express my thanks again for this opportunity to Boris Rotenberg and Cyril Abitebul."
The source of information: SMP Racing
25 June 2017
Sergey Sirotkin returns to Formula 2 on round in Baku
Renault F1 reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin will reunite with ART Grand Prix for this weekend's Formula 2 round on the streets of Baku.
Sirotkin, who drove F2's current Dallara GP2/11 car in the series' predecessor GP2 in 2015 and 2016, will step in for ART regular Alexander Albon.
F2 rookie Albon, who graduated to the series after finishing runner-up in GP3 last year, scored points in all six races of the campaign so far and currently sits sixth in the standings.
Albon's absence from the Baku round is due to health reasons, according to his ART team.
“First and foremost, I would like to wish a swift recovery to Alexander Albon,” Sirotkin said.
“I am very happy to be back behind the wheel of the F2 car. I had two great years in the championship and when ART asked me, I happily agreed to take part in the Azerbaijan round.
“I am thankful to SMP Racing founder Boris Rotenberg and Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul for the opportunity. Before the start of the season, I did not expect that I would be competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours and returning to Formula 2 in addition to my reserve driver duties.”
Sirotkin, who was a Sauber F1 test driver in the past and has been part of the Renault F1 set-up since 2016, won three GP2 races across his two seasons in the category.
He was third overall in his rookie season with Rapax and finished his sophomore campaign in the same place after moving to ART.
In GP2's Baku 2016 round, which accompanied the venue's inaugural F1 grand prix, Sirotkin finished on the podium in both races.
The source of information: motorsport.com
19 June 2017
The Sergey's crew finished in the race "24 Hours of Le Mans"
Sergey Sirotkin was a partner of IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin and former WEC GTE-Am champion Victor Shaytar for the SMP Racing crew #27, who competed at the Dallara P217.
Crew SMP Racing #27 finished 17th in LMP2 and 34th in the overall standings.
The drivers were equally fast on the track all day, but to the great regret, at night and in the morning the car had problems with reliability, as a result of which the team lost more than an hour. Nevertheless, it is very important that our crew was able to finish in spite of everything!
18 June 2017
Sergey Sirotkin spent the day of private tests in Valencia
The driver of SMP Racing program, reserve driver of Renault Sport F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin on the last weekend completed the test day behind the wheel of the Renault / Lotus E20 2012 on the track in Valencia.
The saturated test program consisted of two parts: in the morning Sergey drove a few short series consisting of several of laps, with different settings, and after lunch he worked at long distances, including simulated the race.
"I can not disclose all the details, but I will say that our main task for this day was working with rubber, commented the driver of SMP Racing program Sergey Sirotkin on the results of private tests. - It was better to understand her behavior, the temperature window, both as the outer layer, and in general the whole wheel. The task was complicated by the fact that in the morning there was a drying out and very dirty track. After lunch, I managed to drive a good distance: 3 series of more than 20 laps. A good, productive and very useful day for us!"
We remind you that the next time Sergey will return behind the wheel June 17-18 - he will participate in the 24-hour Le Mans marathon in the SMP Racing crew with other drivers of the program - Mikhail Aleshin and Victor Shaytar. Russian drivers will compete in the class LMP2 on the prototype Dallara P217 under the number 27.
The source of information: smpracing.ru
9 June 2017
Sergey took part in the FP1 of the Spanish GP
The driver of SMP Racing program, reserve driver Renault F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin took part in the first free practice in the Grand Prix of Spain in Barcelona.
A technical problem did not allow him to complete the work in FP1. During the very first laps, Sergey gradually increased the pace and improved his performance, but managed to drive only 10 laps, after which he was forced to return to the team's boxes due to problems with the engine.
"Today we managed to drive, of course, more than in Sochi, but this should not be rejoice," said Sergey Sirotkin. - The problem was serious enough - a water leak in the engine. Now the team understands this, and we continue to work further. "
The source of information: http://smpracing.ru
12 May 2017
Renault F1 reserve Sirotkin to make Le Mans debut
Renault Formula 1 reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut with SMP Racing in the LMP2 class this year, it has been announced.
Sirotkin will partner IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin and former WEC GTE Am champion Viktor Shaytar in SMP's #27 Dallara P217–Gibson.
The Russian, a race winner in GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5, has been on Renault's books since early 2016, running in several Formula 1 grand prix free practice sessions and official tests with the outfit.
He is also known to be involved in the development of SMP and Dallara's WEC LMP1 project that is currently being prepared for a 2018 race debut.
SMP, which will field one of three Dallara P217s in the LMP2 Le Mans contest this year, was already on the class podium in the 24-hour race in 2016, finishing third with its BR01 prototype and a crew of Shaytar, ex-F1 driver Vitaly Petrov and Kirill Ladygin.
“While we are already focused on the development of our LMP1 prototype for the 2018 FIA WEC season, we could not miss out on participating in the most prestigious race in the world,” said SMP Racing founder Boris Rotenberg.
“Last year, for the first time in this race's more than 90-year history, our fully-Russian SMP Racing crew stood on the podium. And this time, I am certain, our drivers will again do their best and do everything possible to emerge victorious.”
The source of information: motorsport.com
11 May 2017
Sergey Sirotkin completed tests in Paul-Ricard
The driver of SMP Racing program, reserve driver of Renault F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin completed the test day behind the wheel of the car Renault E20 2012 on the French Paul Ricard track.
In the first morning session, the Russian drove 53 laps in a special test program of the team. In the evening session the team worked in the simulation of the race, where Sergey drove 50 laps, working on a special program in racing mode.
"One of the best and most intense days in this season is driving a racing car," said Sergey Sirotkin. - We worked with the team with various settings, conducted simulations as short, with half-empty tanks, and racing with full tank. Today we tried many different mechanical and aerodynamic settings that will be useful to us in the future. It was very necessary, very positive and, of course, very useful for all of us."
The next stage of SMP Racing driver will be Sergey Sirotkin’s performance in the Spanish Grand Prix, where the Russian will participate in the Friday practice on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 12 May.
The source of information: SMP Racing
9 May 2017
Unsuccessful debut: gearbox failure on Russian GP
Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of the VTB Russian Grand Prix. Sergey Sirotkin got his first taste of the R.S.17 in a Grand Prix session, however his run in Nico Hülkenberg’s car during FP1 was cut short due to an hydraulic issue interfering with the gearbox’s operation.
Sergey: “It was a short run for me in FP1, but that’s motor sport and it’s better to have an issue with the car in practice than in qualifying or the race. There’s not much I can say about today other than I was happy with the car at the Bahrain test and I was fully prepared to deliver everything required today. I’m next out in Spain so that’s where my focus now lies.”
Sergey Sirotkin took part in the tests in Bahrain
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the second and final day of the Bahrain International Circuit in-season test with Sergey Sirotkin getting his first taste of the R.S.17.
Sergey drove for 90 laps with a full programme of aero, tyre, suspension and set-up assessments, as well as wind tunnel correlation work, with a best lap time of 1min 32.287secs.
Sergey Sirotkin: “It was quite a good, and quite a busy day, and it was great to be out in action as I’ve been waiting for this day a very long time! I enjoyed every second of being in the car, even if the programme was not the most exciting for the driver. The car is amazingly quick and I noticed the difference in grip immediately from the previous generation. That said, you soon get used to the extra speed. I can’t wait to get to Sochi.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director: “Today went completely to plan. Sergey impressed us as he was quickly up to speed and didn’t put a foot wrong despite having not driven since the end of last year. We completed a full programme including evaluations of suspension, set-ups, aero, tyre and wind tunnel correlation work. As with yesterday, we weren’t chasing particular headline times for the day, rather building a basis for further pace at the forthcoming races and we’re confident that the work done here will be highly beneficial in that aim.”
Rating the Formula 1 teams with Sergey Sirotkin
Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin was with the team for the pre-season test in Barcelona – and got to watch the field of F1 2017 out on track. Below, the SMP Racing protege recounts his impressions.
That Formula 1 teams test their new cars in Barcelona is not just by chance. It's a track everything is long known about – and it's got the appropriate selection of corners to provide exhaustive information about car behaviour. Even watching the cars trackside, you can still come to certain conclusions.
Of course, it's impossible to get the full picture as we don't know what programmes the teams are going through, what settings they use, how much fuel is in the cars at any given time and what the exact goal is of each run.
So instead we'll focus on just some of the interesting features of the behaviour of the different cars in the field.
Read the full story on the source: motorsport.com
Sergey presented his new helmet for the 2017 season
"I think that the helmet is the only way of self-expression for the driver. This helmet is a continuation of last year's design. The helmet is made in my traditional colors. I like that on my helmet it's easy to understand that I'm from Russia. Despite the fact that it is very similar to last year's helmet and the changes were not great, they are still visible to the uninitiated eye. When I first saw the pattern, I realized that this is exactly what I would like to see.
I want to say big thank to the Bell, which is my supplier of helmets and designers from the MB K Line. Thanks to them every year my helmet becomes more beautiful!
I cannot wait to be able to go on the track in this helmet on Renault R.S.17."
Sergey Sirotkin has been promoted to the role of third and reserve driver for the Renault Formula 1 team in 2017.
The Russian was signed as test driver last year, dovetailing his duties with a GP2 campaign with ART, where he finished third in the drivers’ championship for the second succesful season.
As part of his Renault test role, he drove in first practice on home soil at Sochi and then again in Brazil, as well as carrying out driving duties at the Silverstone in-season test.
This season, Sirotkin becomes a full member of the Renault squad, attending all grands prix and taking part in an as-yet to be confirmed number of practice sessions.
“We had a very good experience working together last year and having this as a base we will make a step forward with a new role in 2017,” said Sirotkin.
“FP1 sessions will be part of my programme. I know these sessions are an important element of race preparation for the team.
“So my duty in these is to fulfil all their targets, rather than just trying to set the faster time I can at any given moment.”
After securing the role, as back-up for Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, the 21-year-old has set his sights on securing his F1 race debut in 2018.
“I don’t think anyone would be surprised if I said that my main target for the 2018 season is to have a seat as a Formula 1 race driver and that’s what I’m working towards,” he said.
“I’m here to learn and be an asset to the team as well as show that I am worthy of further opportunities.”
When asked what he could learn from working alongside Palmer and Hulkenberg, Sirotkin said: “It doesn't matter if it's from Nico and Jolyon or from any situation, there is always a lot to learn in this life.
“If I spend a day not getting better in some way, it's a lost day.
“I will never change this approach to everything I do and of course, I expect to learn something from both of the race drivers and all of the team as well.”
Link to the source: motorsport.com
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