Sergey Sirotkin

Full Name:
Sergey Olegovich Sirotkin
Born:
25th August 1995 (Age 23)
Moscow
Nationality:
Russian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of a Russian businessman, Sergey Sirotkin was linked to Formula 1 for much of his young racing career but once he graduated with Williams Martini Racing in 2018, his time among the elite lasted just one season.

Karting and early racing career

The Russian began karting in 2008 and graduated to cars as soon as he had turned 15 years old. He entered the last three double-headers of the 2010 Formula Abarth season with Jenzer Motorsport. A regular points scorer and 18th overall despite his late arrival, he remained with the team at the start of the 2011 season. He won at Valencia and was leading the European F.Abarth Championship when he switched to Euronova Racing after just two race weekends. Another four victories followed as he secured the European title with a round to spare although he lost the Italian crown to Patric Niederhauser in the final race at Monza.

Auto GP World Series and Italian F3

Sirotkin graduated to the Auto GP World Series with Euronova in 2012 and dominated Race One at Valencia having made the correct tyre choice. A regular on the podium, he won the final race at Sears Point to finish third in the standings. In addition, the teenager drove Euronova’s Dallara F308-FPT in that year’s Italian Formula 3 Championship – winning twice and finishing fifth overall.

Formula Renault 3.5 and F1 with Sauber

Having made his Formula Renault 3.5 debut as a one-off at Moscow Raceway in 2012, Sitotkin switched to the series on a fulltime basis a year later. He scored podium finishes at Motorland Aragon (second) and the Hungaroring (third) but that was not enough to warrant his unexpected inclusion in Sauber’s Formula 1 plans. The Swiss team’s immediate future was safeguarded by backing from three Russian companies (including the National Institute of Aviation Technologies that was run by Sirotkin’s father) and the youngster was announced as a race driver for 2014.

In the event, Sirotkin drove a Sauber C33-Ferrari in free practice for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix but instead raced in F.Renault 3.5 with Fortec Motorsports. He won his home race at Moscow Raceway from first pole position but mid-season reliability issues restricted him to fifth overall.

GP2 Series

The Sauber opportunity did not materialise after another management restructure and Sirotkin spent 2015 with Rapax in the GP2 Series. He recovered from a slow start to the campaign and developed into a consistent top 10 finisher. He qualified on pole position on his first visit to Silverstone and passed Richie Stanaway after a safety car to score his breakthrough victory in that feature race. That was one of five podium finishes as he took third in the standings behind Stoffel Vandoorne and Alexander Rossi.

He matched that championship position during his sophomore GP2 campaign with ART Grand Prix in 2016. Three pole positions and victories at the Hungaroring and Hockenheim’s feature event were the highlights. That latter success was despite being forced to make an extra pitstop due to his first tyre change being deemed illegal. Second in the following day’s sprint was his fourth podium in succession that gave the Russian a brief championship lead.

Formula 1 with Renault and Williams

Sirotkin was Renault’s reserve driver for 2016 and 2017 and he was the team’s Friday test driver at six GPs during that time. He made his Le Mans debut as part of an all-Russian LMP2 line-up in 2017 and ended the year by testing a Williams FW40-Mercedes at Yas Marina. That was effectively an audition for the 2018 race drive and Sirotkin was announced as Lance Stroll’s team-mate in January having been preferred to the returning Robert Kubica. Unfortunately that opportunity came with Williams in decline one more.

The inexperienced driver line-up struggled to develop the disappointing Williams FW41-Mercedes and the team ended the year last in the constructors’ standings.

Sirotkin finished tenth in Italy to score his only point of the year but the Russian did not continue in F1 in 2019.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018/2019 World Endurance Championship
SMP Racing
3 0 0 0 12
2018 F1 World Championship
Williams Martini Racing
21 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 1
2017 F1 World Championship
Renault Sport Formula 1 Team
0 (4) 0 0 0 0
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
ART Grand Prix
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 9
2017 World Endurance Championship
SMP Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2016 F1 World Championship
Renault Sport Formula 1 Team
0 (2) 0 0 0 0
2016 GP2 Series
ART Grand Prix
22 3 8 2
10% win rate
3rd 159
2015 GP2 Series
Rapax
21 (1) 1 5 1
5% win rate
3rd 139
2014 F1 World Championship
Sauber F1 Team
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
2014 World Series by Renault
Fortec Motorsports
17 1 4 1
6% win rate
5th 132
2013 World Series by Renault
ISR
15 (2) 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 61
2012 World Series by Renault
Target Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2012 Auto GP World Series
Euronova Racing
14 1 9 2
15% win rate
3rd 175