Sirotkin: GP2 title lead means 'nothing'
9 August 2016 – Renault test driver Sergey Sirotkin says it is "too early" to consider the title permutations in the GP2 Series, despite leading the standings during the category's summer break.
Sirotkin endured a dismal start to the campaign, at one stage labelling it as a "joke", though remained hopeful that he could fight back, despite sitting in 11th in the standings after Silverstone.
Sirotkin duly secured back-to-back victories in Hungary and Germany, sandwiched by podiums, to vault into the lead, level on points with Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, but ahead on countback of third places.
Sirotkin said of his position: "It's nothing; it's still too early, we're still in the maximum attack mood.
"We're not going to stop, and it's too early to think about the championship: it takes every single race, and to score as many points at every single race as we can, without thinking too much about the future.
"We've put some others under a bit of pressure, and it's nice to see how we can deliver from here."
Having spun out in Spain, crashed in Monaco, and been compromised by penalties in Austria and Britain, the Russian is confident that he and ART can now demonstrate its pace after overcoming "bad luck".
"Finally the bad luck looks like it's stopped at last, and we are in the right mood," he added.
"Our performance has been there all year long, and it's just a matter of how we can demonstrate it.
"In Germany and in Budapest everything looked alright, I wouldn't say perfect, but as long as it's OK, and not [going] against us, we are able to show how strong we are."