GP2 racer Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula 1 team as a test driver and will participate in this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix during FP1, replacing Kevin Magnussen.

The 20-year-old used to be on the junior list at Sauber two years ago, where he made his Formula 1 weekend debut running in the first practice session at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix.

“This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it,” Sirotkin said.

“This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1.”

Renault’s racing director Frédéric Vasseur is confident in Sirotkin’s abilities for this weekend, as the young Russian is familiar with the track after racing two rounds in GP2 at the Sochi Autodrom.

Sergey is one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories so it is great for us that he is joining Renault Sport,” Vasseur said.

“We saw that he was the most promising rookie in the GP2 Series last season, where he achieved a race win and podiums, and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title.”

Sirotkin, who finished third in the GP2 series last year, will contest the 2016 GP2 season with reigning champions ART Grand Prix.

Image via GP2 Series Media

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