Renault has introduced that Sergey Sirotkin will proceed as its Formula 1 reserve driver by the 2020 season.
Sirotkin, 24, beforehand loved two stints with Renault in a reserve function, taking on the place for each the 2017 and 2019 seasons, making six free observe appearances for the crew.
The Russian returned to Renault final 12 months after a one-year stint racing with Williams, scoring one level with a 10th-place end on the Italian Grand Prix.
Renault confirmed in an announcement on Tuesday morning that Sirotkin would stay a part of its crew for the 2020 season and might be on-site for all F1 races, beginning with the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
“It’s great to be back with Renault as reserve driver. I know the team very well having been with them throughout the 2019 season,” mentioned Sirotkin.
“I perceive the significance for a crew to have a driver able to fill in shortly ought to the chance come up, particularly given the present state of affairs the world is in.
“I’ve been retaining sharp and centered and I might be properly ready to race a Formula 1 automotive once more. I’m trying ahead to seeing my mates at Renault quickly.”
Renault F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul added: “We’re happy to welcome Sergey again to the crew for this 12 months.
“Given the current circumstances we find ourselves in, we must have plans in place for any situation which might occur.
“We know Sergey very properly and he, likewise, is aware of the crew. We’re trying ahead to welcoming Sergey this weekend in Austria.”
Amid the current COVID-19 pandemic and the protocols put in place for the season to begin, teams will have reserve drivers on standby to step in should either member of its full-season line-up test positive.
Sirotkin’s most recent full-time racing programme came in the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he was part of SMP Racing’s LMP1 squad through the 2018-19 season.
Sirotkin took part in F2 pre-season testing in Bahrain with ART Grand Prix back in March, but has no confirmed race seat for this year.