Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin will take some part in his home grand prix weekend as he will replace Nico Hulkenberg for FP1 in Sochi.
Sirotkin drove the R.S.17 at the two-day test in Bahrain and will get another opportunity in the Renault seat on Friday's first session.
“I drove last year in Sochi so I’m familiar with what to expect," said Sirotkin upon confirmation by his team.
"It’s a modern-style F1 track with some interesting aspects to it. There have been some interesting Grands Prix there.
"The most challenging sector is the final one, off the back straight, as there are some tricky braking areas through corner after corner, then it’s really crucial to keep the rear of the car under control through this sequence.
“I’m proud of being a Russian driver so to be in front of thousands of Russian fans is always going to be a highlight. That said, I would settle with being in the car anywhere!
"Of course, there will be a lot of attention in the press and media, and many people I know will be there – which is always nice – however my focus is fully on track. I’m there to do the best job possible and focus on the entire race weekend not just FP1 when I’m in the car.”