Sirotkin set to participate in opening Brazil practice

Sergey Sirotkin - Credit: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Sergey Sirotkin is set to make his second free practice appearance of the season as he looks to participate in the opening session of the Brazilian Grand Prix for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

The Russian driver, who also took part in the same session during the Russian Grand Prix at the end of April, is likely to step into Kevin Magnussen’s seat alongside Jolyon Palmer on Friday morning around the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

Sirotkin currently sits fourth in the GP2 Series standings driving for ART Grand Prix with just the finale of the season to go at Abu Dhabi but is out of contention for the championship, sitting 62 points behind Antonio Giovinazzi with only 48 points available.

As well as Sirotkin, Renault gave Esteban Ocon a number of free practice outings earlier in the season before he took over the Manor Racing MRT ride following the mid-season break in place of Rio Haryanto.

Should Sirotkin come in, he would be the second test driver announced so far to take part in free practice, with the Haas F1 Team having announced that current GP3 Series championship leader Charles Leclerc would replace Esteban Gutierrez, with only Sahara Force India F1 Team and Manor Racing MRT teams having run test drivers in sessions this year other than Renault and Haas.