Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, Renault has announced that they have secured the services of GP2 hopeful Sergey Sirotkin as a development driver.
Not the first time in a F1 car, Sirotkin managed to land himself a gig with Sauber two years ago at the same venue as the upcoming Grand Prix, which also happens to be his home GP.
Being tipped as promising prospect for the future, the Moscow-born racer is delighted at the opportunity and also confirmed that he will be put in the hot-seat in the first practice session at the Sochi Autodrom.
"This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly," the 20 year-old revealed.
"I still can't quite believe it. This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1.
"Renault Sport, which I would like to thank, has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula One career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity.
"My commitment to challenge for the GP2 Series title will be enhanced by such a great chance and I would like to thank SMP Racing for the great support given to my career, commencing in Sochi, in front of my compatriots."