Sergey Sirotkin will remain Renault’s reserve driver for the 2020 season, extending his stay with the Enstone team.
A test driver with Renault, Sirotkin left the team to join Williams to be a race driver for the 2018 season.
That proved unsuccessful for both parties.
The Russian driver managed just one point with a P10 at the Italian Grand Prix before he was dropped by the team.
He returned to Renault as the team’s reserve driver for 2019, a deal that he has now extended by a further season.
“It’s great to be back with Renault DP World F1 Team as reserve driver,” he said.
“I know the team very well having been with them throughout the 2019 season.
“I understand the importance for a team to have a driver ready to fill in quickly should the opportunity arise, especially given the current situation the world is in.
“I’ve been keeping sharp and focused and I would be well prepared to race a Formula 1 car again.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at Renault soon.”
It’s great to be back with @RenaultF1Team as 3rd & Reserve Driver. I fully support team ambitions and ready to put all my efforts to achieve our target. I want to thanks the team for their trust, their believe in my abilities and involvement!#S35 #SMPRacing #F1 #RSspirit pic.twitter.com/vY0WK2ZmYK
— Sirotkin Sergey (@sirotkin_sergey) June 30, 2020
Sirotkin will be present at all this year’s races and could yet get the opportunity to race should either Daniel Ricciardo or Esteban Ocon test positive.
Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul added: “We’re pleased to welcome Sergey back to the team for this year.
“Given the current circumstances we find ourselves in, we must have plans in place for any situation which might occur.
“We know Sergey very well and he, likewise, knows the team. We’re looking forward to welcoming Sergey this weekend in Austria.”