SAUBER TO RENAULT: Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has been announced as the new test driver for Renault F1. Image: AFP / Olivier Morin
Paris — Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula 1 team as a test driver and will participate in practice at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.
Renault made the announcement on Tuesday (April 26).
The 20-year-old Sirotkin will replace Danish driver Kevin Magnussen in the R.S.16 car on Friday at the Sochi track ahead of Sunday's race.
Sirotkin, who had a brief spell as a development driver for Sauber in 2014, said: "I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can."
Sirotkin is also competing in the GP2 series this season, winning one race so far, and finishing third last year.
Renault says he is joining with the view to "a long-term development plan" without elaborating.