Sergey Sirotkin enjoys Audi DTM test in Spain

by Vince Pettit

Ex-Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin completed a total of 91 laps at the Jerez circuit in Spain this week as he was given a last minute opportunity to test with the Audi Sport DTM team in their RS 5 DTM car.

The Russian has found himself without a drive for 2019 after a tough debut season with Williams Racing, where he struggled with an underperforming car against his more experienced team-mate Lance Stroll.

With Williams announcing George Russell and the return of Robert Kubica, Sirotkin has been left without a seat in Formula 1, leading him to explore all options for 2019.

“I watched the DTM even as a child, so I was incredibly excited about the test.” said Sirotkin. “Being able to sit in an RS 5 DTM was a unique experience, but also pretty tricky.

“I hadn’t found the perfect feel for the car by the end of my stint. I’ve never driven a race car before that comes close to the RS 5 DTM – the closest I may have come to it was in Formula 3.

“The engineers and the mechanics supported me as best they could and shortened the time for me to familiarize myself as much as possible – many thanks once more to everyone.” 

Audi tested six other drivers during the three day test in Spain and will confirm their 2019 line up in the coming months.

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