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Winning GP2 title more important than being test pilot in F1 — Russia’s Sirotkin

April 29, 13:47 UTC+3 SOCHI
On Friday morningб the 20-year-old Russian took on the Sochi racing track in a 90-minute Free Practice 1 session using the bolide of the Danish pilot Kevin Magnussen
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Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

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SOCHI, April 29. /TASS/. Winning the champion’s title in GP2 series this year is by far important at the moment than being a test pilot on 2016 Formula One Championship, Russian racer Sergey Sirotkin said on Friday.

Earlier in the week Sirotkin signed up with FIA Formula One team Renault as a test pilot with a long-term development plan until the end of this season.

On Friday morningб the 20-year-old Russian took on the Sochi racing track in a 90-minute Free Practice 1 session using the bolide of the Danish pilot Kevin Magnussen.

He showed the 13th best result of 22 pilots racing in the practice session on Friday morning clocking the result of 1 minute 40.898 seconds. Sirotkin was by 0.8 seconds faster than his teammate Jolyon Palmer.

Asked whether it was important for him to be faster by almost a second over his teammate Sirotkin said "I do not deem it as very significant."

"Indeed the time of 0.8 seconds in Formula One is a huge gap but I do not think it is very important," he said. "Speaking about my priorities on the whole, I believe that it is more important for me to win the title of the GP2 championship as compared to being a test pilot in Formula One."

The Russian is currently racing in the GP2 tournament for French team Art Grand Prix. He finished the 2015 GP2 Championship in the third place.

Sirotkin already piloted F1 bolides as part of demonstration laps in 2013 within the frames of a partnership contract to promote the inaugural 2014 F1 Sochi GP. In 2014 he was a test pilot for F1 team Sauber but partnership was severed due to financial issues.

This year Russia is holding its FIA Formula One racing Grand Prix for the first time in spring, namely on April 29-May 1, as compared with the two previous races held in autumn of 2014 and 2015 in Sochi.

A total of 21 races had been scheduled for the 2016 FIA F1 Championship, with Sochi GP listed fourth on the calendar.

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