The Williams Martini Racing Team announced their driver line-up for the 2018 FIA Formula One world championship with Russian Sergey Sirotkin joining Lance Stroll at the Grove based outfit.
Speaking about his arrival at the team, Sirotkin commented by saying:
To say I’m happy and proud to join such a famous team like Williams is an understatement. It took a huge amount of work to get where I am, and I’m really happy and thankful to everyone involved. The result of our combined efforts has helped me achieve my dream and rest assured the team can rely on me to delivery my best.
Sirotkin joins Canadian Lance Stroll at the team. Stroll heads into his second season in Formula One aiming to build on a strong debut year in the sport which saw him secure a podium finish at the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Speaking about the new season, Stroll commented by saying:
First of all I would like to welcome Sergey to Williams and I am looking forward to having him as my teammate. I know Sergey and I’m sure we will very quickly form a close working relationship. I really enjoyed my rookie season with the team an there were a number of memorable highlights, on which I’ll look to build on in the coming season. I’m looking forward to Barcelona, and driving the FW41 for the first time.
Stroll and Sirotkin are joined at the Grove based outfit by Robert Kubica who becomes the teams official test/reserve and development driver for the 2018 season.
The Pole has tested for the outfit and came close to returning to full-time racing in Formula One following his horrific rally accident a number of years ago and speaking about his appointment to the role at Williams, Kubica commented by saying:
I’m extremely happy to be joining the Williams team as its official Reserve and Development Driver this season. I feel in the best physical shape that I have ever been, but it has taken a lot of work to get where I am now, so I’d like to thank Williams for the opportunity they have given me so far and for putting their faith in me with this appointment.