user icon

Sirotkin: Second F1 season 'look quite obvious'

  • Published on 03 Dec 2018 13:19
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sergey Sirotkin believes that it "looked quite obvious" that he would be competing in his second Formula 1 season before Williams announced that Robert Kubica would be taking his place for the 2019 season.

Sirotkin joined Williams at the start of 2018, ousting Kubica to the race seat. Kubica had to settle for the reserve and development role for 2018, a decision that Claire Williams says was vital for securing a full-time in 2019.

Kubica will partner George Russell at the Grove outfit, but Sirotkin claims that it was looking positive for him for a second year in F1: "I would strongly hope for [a second season] and it looked like it was the case.

"It looked quite obvious it would be the case for quite a while. But it's F1, it's a difficult world. To get success there are also many, many different parameters which unfortunately most of the time aren't up to the performance of the driver or whatever."

Sirotkin had a tough year in F1, struggling towards the back of the field in a Williams that couldn't compete in the midfield battle. When asked if he would have done anything differently if he had to do it again, the 23-year-old admits he would have savoured his debut more.

"You have this extra stress as it's the first race," said Sirotkin. "I can honestly say I feel a bit sorry I didn't enjoy it as much as I could, being a bit rushed, a bit stressed, a bit nervous about how things would go, [because] it's the beginning of the year and there are so many variables."

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • He certainly didn't shine. But it was a decent showing. If he had beaten Stroll it would have bought him some credibility and help him shed the pay driver tag. But he didn't shine and he works for Williams F1, who are only interested in the highest bidder. So, without the top sponsorship he never had a chance.

    I don't blame Sirotkin for jumping in at the chance of driving in F1. But I think it was too soon.

    • + 0
    • Dec 3 2018 - 17:38
  • "many different parameters which unfortunately most of the time aren't up to the performance of the driver"

    That;s the point !! and the only reason Sergey got to F1 :D

    • + 0
    • Dec 4 2018 - 08:39

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country RU
  • Date of b. Aug 27 1995 (27)
  • Place of b. Moskou, RU
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Length 1.84 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
3 - Mar 5
Bahrain
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia
31 - Apr 2
Australia
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan
5 - May 7
United States of America
19 - May 21
Italy
26 - May 28
Monaco
2 - Jun 4
Spain
16 - Jun 18
Canada
30 - Jul 2
Austria
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom
21 - Jul 23
Hungary
28 - Jul 30
Belgium
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands
1 - Sep 3
Italy
15 - Sep 17
Singapore
22 - Sep 24
Japan
20 - Oct 22
United States of America
27 - Oct 29
Mexico
3 - Nov 5
Brazil
17 - Nov 19
United States of America
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Mar 5
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
31 - Apr 2
Australia Albert Park
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
5 - May 7
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
19 - May 21
26 - May 28
Monaco Monte Carlo
2 - Jun 4
16 - Jun 18
30 - Jul 2
Austria Red Bull Ring
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
21 - Jul 23
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Jul 30
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
1 - Sep 3
Italy Monza
15 - Sep 17
22 - Sep 24
20 - Oct 22
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
27 - Oct 29
3 - Nov 5
Brazil Interlagos
17 - Nov 19
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar