Axed Williams racer Sergey Sirotkin gets Audi DTM test
Ousted Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin is set to get behind the wheel of DTM machinery at Jerez on Tuesday.
Sirotkin, following spells as reserve driver for Sauber and Renault, stepped up to a Formula 1 race seat for 2018 with Williams.
But his rookie campaign coincided with Williams’ worst season in its history and he finished in the top 10 just once, at the Italian Grand Prix.
As a result he ended the year at the foot of the Drivers’ Championship.
Sirotkin held out hopes of remaining with the team for 2019 but long-term backer SMP Racing opted not to continue with that programme.
Williams instead turned to Robert Kubica as George Russell’s team-mate, leaving Sirotkin without a seat on the 2019 grid.
DTM is holding a rookie test at Jerez this week and Sirotkin has been drafted in to its seven-strong line-up.
He joins Benoit Treluyer, Mattia Drudi, Andreas Bakkerud, Frederic Vervisch, Jonathan Aberdein and Sacha Fenestraz.
Audi has yet to confirm its driver roster for next year’s DTM championship.