Sergey Sirotkin has joined the GP2 Series and will make his debut with Rapax.
The 19-year-old Russian driver is making the switch from Formula Renault 3.5 where he has spent the previous two seasons. Sirotkin bagged his only race victory at his home event at the Moscow Raceway in 2014.
Rapax and Sirotkin’s partnership started at the post-season tests last November. The Russian made an impression on the team straight away despite crashing on his first day in the car.
Sirotkin’s team mate is yet to be announced.
Sergey Sirotkin: “I am delighted to have reached an agreement with Team Rapax for the upcoming GP2 Series season. First of all, I want to thank the team’s owners and executives for the push they made in order to have me on board. The 2015 season will be a crucial one for my career. I went through some lengthy considerations about what could be the best possible choice for my future. In post-season testing at Abu Dhabi I enjoyed an excellent chemistry with the GP2 car, as well as with the Rapax engineers and all the team. They are extremely focused and aggressive, and that’s something I really like. I cannot wait to be back on-track for testing in a few weeks. The 2015 Series will be demanding, but also very interesting”.
Rapax Team Owner Gianfranco Sovernigo: “We are very proud and satisfied to have a really talented driver like Sergey in our team. He’s a quick, young guy and we think he can have a great future in car racing. We believe that his GP2 experience with Team Rapax will be a crucial step for his career. In the post-season test held at Abu Dhabi last November, we had the chance to experience his professionalism, which is a key added value for the season we are about to start. I want to thank our CEO Andrea Bergamini for having successfully completed the talks, and having provided us with one of the paddock’s most desired prospects”.