Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin was named Tuesday as the second driver for Williams Racing in Formula One.
The 22-year-old Sirotkin will be teamed with 19-year-old teammate Lance Stroll, giving Williams one of the youngest and least-experienced teams on the F1 grid heading into the 2018 season.
Sirotkin comes to Williams after serving as a test driver for Sauber in 2014 and Renault in 2016 and 2017.
Sirotkin replaces Felipe Massa in the Williams’ ride. Sirotkin becomes the third Russian to compete in F1 after Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat.
Sirotkin has had a long working relationship with Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg, a close friend and former judo workout partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s unclear if Rotenberg will bring financing to the Williams’ effort to support Sirotkin.
The first F1 race is the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25.
Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”