Sirotkin left wanting 'clean' practice run
13 May 2017 – Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin says he is keen for a "clean" practice run after enduring another troubled outing at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Sirotkin, the official back-up to race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, got his first taste of the R.S.17 during in-season testing in Bahrain.
He was subsequently handed an FP1 run in Russia, but completed only two laps due to a hydraulic issue, and got another chance to drive in Barcelona.
However, he only managed 10 laps in Friday's opening session before a water leak struck, which ruled him out for the remainder of the session.
"It was a short run for me in FP1, but that's motorsport and it's better to have an issue with the car in practice than in qualifying or the race," said Sirotkin.
"At least this time I ran further than in Sochi!
"The car felt good and I was able to do what was required whilst I was out on track.
"Obviously, I'm hopeful that next time I get a clean session, but I know everyone in the garage is working hard to ensure this is the case."
Renault technical chief Bob Bell stated that Sirotkin was at least able to "gain a feel" for the updated R.S.17, while his feedback was similar to Hülkenberg's.
"It was a disappointing morning for Sergey," he said.
"Fortunately, he did get sufficient track time to gain a feel for the car and his feedback was consistent with that of Nico's on the other side of the garage."