Sirotkin returns to ART Grand Prix for Baku round

Sergey Sirotkin will race for ART Grand Prix this weekend in Baku - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

A week after making his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, Sergey Sirotkin will be back in a single seater this weekend around the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan as he replaces an injured Alexander Albon at ART Grand Prix.

Albon is understood to be recuperating after fracturing a collarbone in a bicycle training accident, but the Thai driver is aiming to return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in the following round in Austria.

Sirotkin, who is the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team reserve driver in 2017, finished third for ART in the GP2 Series last season, and is happy to be able to step in, even though he feels sad that Albon has been forced to step down.

“First and foremost, I would like to wish a swift recovery to Alexander Albon,” said Sirotkin. “I am very happy to be back behind the wheel of the F2 car.

“I had two great years in the championship and when ART asked me, I happily agreed to take part in the Azerbaijan round.

“I am thankful to SMP Racing founder Boris Rotenberg and Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul for the opportunity. Before the start of the season, I did not expect that I would be competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours and returning to Formula 2 in addition to my reserve driver duties.”