Sirotkin sure title possible after 'joke' start
18 July 2016 – ART Grand Prix driver Sergey Sirotkin is confident he can still fight for this season's GP2 title despite enduring a "joke" start to his second year in Formula 1's feeder category.
Sirotkin placed third overall in his rookie campaign for Rapax and moved across to rival ART for the 2016 campaign, replacing reigning series champion Stoffel Vandoorne.
Sirotkin claimed pole position in Monaco and Austria but crashed out of victory contention in the principality and also spun off at the preceding round in Spain, having raced in the lead group.
"The start [of the season] is a bit of a joke, I would say," he explained.
"You would not believe that absolutely every single part of the run goes absolutely against you.
"OK, one or two races you can think [I have had] all the bad luck, I could and now should be OK, and then every single thing goes against us, a red flag, Safety Car, traffic...
"Everything which happens is against us, so it is the worst moment for us."
Sirotkin is currently 11th in the standings but only 39 points behind Oliver Rowland, with 48 points on offer at each of the remaining six rounds, and is cautiously optimistic over his prospects.
"Everything is still possible as many opponents are struggling with the same things," he said.
"But definitely [soon] it becomes difficult and we need to be careful with what we are doing, start winning and getting the points back, as many as we can without taking too much risk."