SMP Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin has announced that he is joining the Renault F1 Team as a reserve driver for the 2019 season.
This move brings the Russian back to the French team having previously spent 2017 with them as a reserve driver.
“I am very pleased to rejoin the friendly Renault F1 Team and return to Formula 1.” said Sirotkin.
“We are well acquainted with the team, I spent the whole 2017 in their factory and in the pit box. It would be interesting to learn how far Renault has advanced in the development of the car over the past year – because last season we were rivals, and I could not see the work from the inside.”
Head of the SMP Racing program, Boris Rotenberg said “The main competition in the season 2019 for Sergey is the World Endurance Racing Championship, where he will drive the BR1 prototype for our SMP Racing team. At the same time, he will return to Formula 1 as a reserve driver for the Renault team.”
Sirotkin has recently tested a Formula E car for Mahindra Racing but confirmed to Overtake Motorsport in an exclusive interview that he had firm intentions on returning to Formula 1 if it was possible.
Part of the reserve driver role for Renault will see the 23-year-old carry out simulator tests for the team and he be present at race weekends supporting the team.
This announcement completes Renault’s driver line-up for 2019 having already announced that Jack Aitken as test driver and Guanyu Zhou as their development driver alongside Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.