Sergey Sirotkin is a Russian racing driver and one of just three Russians ever to compete in Formula 1 World Championship (the other two are Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat). Sirotkin recorded twenty-one starts in Formula 1 in 2018, driving for Williams.
Sirotkin currently competes with SMP Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Earlier in a career, he spent eight seasons in different development single-seater championships, finishing third in the GP2 Series for two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016.
Formula Abarth European champion early in a career
Born in August 1995 in Moscow, Sergey Olegovich Sirotkin started his racing career in karting competitions and then, in 2010, made a debut in the Italian Formula Abarth with Jenzer Motorsport.
The next step was the Formula Abarth European Series in 2011, in which Sergey captured the championship title after winning five out of fourteen races. He was driving for Jenzer Motorsport and for Euronova Racing by Fortec. Parallel to European Series, he also competed in the Italian Series, finishing second behind his teammate Patric Niederhauser.
Third place in the 2012 Auto GP Series
In 2012, Sirotkin stepped up to Formula 3, driving for Euronova Racing by Fortec in the Italian Formula 3 European Series. He won once, finishing fifth in the final classification. In the same season, he also raced in the Auto GP Series. He won two times, finishing third in the final classification.
In 2012, Sirotkin also had a guest appearance in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, then switching full-time to that competition in 2013 with ISR Racing. After scoring two podiums, he was ninth in the final standings.
Sergey Sirotkin in 2014
Entering Formula 1 world in 2013
In July 2013, Sirotkin joined Sauber F1 Team as a test driver, with the aim to participate in Friday's testing sessions. However, he didn't participate in any of those tests in 2013 but stayed with Sauber in 2014, making his Grand Prix debut during a test for the Russian Grand Prix in October 2014.
During the season 2014, Sirotking raced with Fortec Motorsports in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, scoring one victory (Moscow Raceway) and finishing fifth in the points.
Two successful seasons in the GP2 Series
Sirotkin left Sauber in 2015 and made a debut in the GP2 Series, driving for Rapax. He was a race winner just once, in the Feature Race at Silverstone, finishing third in the final standings, behind Stoffel Vandoorne and Alexander Rossi.
For the 2016 GP2 Series season, Sirotkin joined ART Grand Prix. He won two races, at Hungaroring and Hockenheimring, finishing again third in the points, behind Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Testing for Renault F1 Team
During his GP2 Series arrangement, Sirotkin made a step closer to Formula 1 by joining Renault F1 Team as a test driver in 2016. He participated in two Grand Prix events that year and then in four more Grand Prix weekends in 2017.
Parallel to his testing duties in 2017, he made occasional racing appearances, participating in one Formula 2 round with ART Grand Prix and making a debut at Le Mans 24 Hours with SMP Racing. At Le Mans, Sirotkin was sharing the #27 Dallara LMP2 prototype with Mikhail Aleshin and Viktor Shaytar, finishing 33rd overall and 16th in class.
Sergey Sirotkin as Williams driver in 2018
Formula 1 season with Williams
In November 2017, Sirotkin had a half-day test with Williams at the Yas Marina Circuit, impressing the team and getting the job as their full-time driver for the 2018 Formula 1 season. He replaced Felipe Massa and joined Lance Stroll as his teammate.
The highlight of the season was Sirotkin's 11th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. After Romain Grosjean's disqualification, Sirotkin was promoted to P10 and he earned his maiden Formula 1 point. It remained his only point and he finished 20th in the final classification.
Sergey Sirotkin in 2019
Reserve driver for two F1 teams in 2019
For the 2019 F1 season, Sirotkin split up with Williams. In February, he rejoined Renault F1 Team as a reserve driver and then, in June, he also became the reserve driver of McLaren F1 Team.
Outside F1, Sirotkin participated in the last three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving BR1 LMP1 prototype for SMP Racing. Sharing a car with Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev, he was fourth at Spa and recorded DNFs at Le Mans and Sebring.
In 2019, Sirotkin made three starts in the FIA WEC