Sirotkin keen to balance GP2 with F1 reserve role

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GP2 driver Sergey Sirotkin hopes to balance a full season in GP2 with a reserve role in Formula 1 next year after enjoying an impressive campaign in the feeder series in 2015.

Sirotkin first came to attention in F1 when he joined Sauber as a development driver in 2013 at the age of 17.

Sauber originally planned to prepare Sirotkin to step up to a full-time race seat, but he ultimately left the team at the end of 2014 after taking part in just one practice session.

The Russian moved into GP2 for 2015 with Rapax and enjoyed a successful year, finishing third as the top rookie in the final standings behind champion Stoffel Vandoorne and American racer Alexander Rossi.

Speaking to Russia’s Sportbox, Sirotkin confirmed that he will remain in GP2 next year, but hopes to balance his racing commitments with a reserve role at an F1 team.

“I am glad that I will continue to race in GP2,” Sirotkin said. “Next season, my goal is the title – after third place there can be nothing else to aim for.

“We have a definite offer [for an F1 reserve role], and not just one, but we all understand what it rests upon. If we find the required financial support, maybe I’ll be a test driver in F1.

“There is an opportunity, and perhaps we’re even closer to this goal than some others.”