Connect with us

2018 F1

Russian sponsor leaves F1 with Sirotkin

Published

on

  • 1
    Share

Sergey Sirotkin’s sponsor is driving away from formula one for now.

The Russian driver is gutted that Williams has decided to sign up Robert Kubica instead of him for 2019.

Sirotkin is backed by Russian banker Boris Rotenberg’s SMP programme.

“We have decided not to continue our involvement in formula one,” Rotenberg said on Thursday.

“We were very unpleasantly surprised by Williams’ level of competitiveness and the development of the car this season,” he added.

“In these conditions, Sergey did everything he could and we are pleased with his work, so now we’ll think about how his career will continue.”

Sirotkin did not hide his disappointment.

“It’s hard for me to believe what has happened,” he said.

“I was told by the team on Wednesday night, but clearly there were meetings with SMP before that. And it was clear that they probably did not want to continue.

“So I already knew the direction it would go in so I could prepare for this step by Williams, but it’s still a difficult moment for me,” Sirotkin, 23, added.

“I always believed that we can turn things around and that I may be able to keep my place, but nothing changed in the team and so my place is gone,” he said.

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2019 F14 mins ago

McLaren to remain independent – Seidl

1ShareMcLaren is determined to remain “independent”. That is the view of the British team’s new boss Andreas Seidl, following comments...

2019 F110 mins ago

F1 selecting tracks for money not racing

1ShareF1’s drivers should have more say about which circuits host the races. That is the view of Lewis Hamilton, following...

2019 F119 mins ago

F1 allowing hard racing again

1ShareFormula 1 may now be allowing “hard racing” once again, according to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. In Austria, the young Monaco-born...

2019 F12 days ago

2019 British GP Race Results

1ShareChampionship leader Lewis Hamilton wins a record sixth British Grand with an incredible home victory. Pole sitter Valtteri Bottas finished...

2019 F15 days ago

2020 race seat for Ocon 100 Percent sure

1ShareEsteban Ocon’s chances of returning to the Formula 1 grid next year stand at “100 per cent”. That is the...

2019 F15 days ago

Berger not sure Hamilton best ever driver

1ShareGerhard Berger is not so sure that Lewis Hamilton is the best F1 driver of all time. This year, Lewis...

2019 F15 days ago

Ricciardo not ready to sign new Renault deal

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo says he is not ready to sign a contract extension at Renault. In the past days, the Australian...

2019 F15 days ago

Haas title sponsor terminates F1 deal

1ShareHaas’ controversial title sponsor has pulled the plug. In a single bizarre tweet, Rich Energy announced that the deal has...

2019 F15 days ago

Silverstone still concerned about London GP

1ShareEven with a new five-year contract signed with Silverstone, Liberty is not ruling out a Formula 1 race in London....

2019 F16 days ago

Verstappen is the best driver in F1 – Horner

1ShareMax Verstappen has stepped confidently into the driver leadership position at Red Bull, following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo. That...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media