Sirotkin secures ART switch in GP2
15 January 2016 – Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin has secured a seat with reigning GP2 Series Champions ART Grand Prix for the 2016 campaign.
Sirotkin placed third while competing for Rapax in his rookie campaign in 2015 and will now switch to ART, which guided Stoffel Vandoorne to the title last season.
"I am very excited to be joining ART because it is a big family which has the culture of motorsport," explained Sirotkin.
"They are a winning team wherever they have competed so far, like in the GP2 history, with a unbelievable 2015 season.
"This is a great opportunity for me, because ART has shown many times that it is the best place for a young driver to be and I intend to make the most of this opportunity, while doing the best possible job for the team."
ART Team Manager Sébastien Philippe says Sirotkin's approach during his rookie season impressed the French squad.
"ART has been following Sergey's career for a few years now and we were very impressed by his debut in such a competitive championship as GP2," he said.
"Sergey is both fast over one lap and strong in the race. At just 20 years old, he has an intelligent approach to his craft and his maturity is a plus in a complex and competitive GP2 pack.
"After its success in 2015 in both categories, drivers and team, ART now faces the big challenge of remaining the leader in GP2.
"This challenge requires particular drivers with an exceptional profile and Sergey meets this requirement perfectly.
"We are therefore very pleased to have him with us and be able to tackle the 2016 championship season with the highest of ambitions."
ART ran Nobuharu Matsushita alongside Vandoorne in 2015 but has yet to announce whether he will return to partner the incoming Sirotkin this year.