Williams Martini Racing have had a busy off season in 2017 into 2018 with the arrival of not one but two new drivers.
Russian Sergey Sirotkin will make his Formula One race debut at this weekend’s FIA Formula One world championship season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
Sirotkin joins Canadian Lance Stroll who returns to the team for a second season following a successful rookie campaign in 2017 which saw him claim a podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Williams Martini Racing drivers are joined by former Formula One race driver Robert Kubica who returns to the sport as the Grove based outfit’s official test and reserve driver.
Speaking about the new season, Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe commented by saying:
We are all very excited to go back to Melbourne for the first race of the season. There are lots of new things this season with a new car, driver line-up, people, regulations and a range of new tyre compounds which I’m sure will make events interesting.”
“The first race is always very special. It is good to get out of the European winter and to the pleasant climate in Melbourne with the enthusiastic crowds. Importantly, there is always a state of tension around where everyone will end up pace-wise with the first qualifying session being the most interesting hour of the F1 season, where we get the first exam results following our year-long build up to put together the FW41.”
“We are excited to see Lance and Sergey in their first race as teammates, and it looks like there will be some close competition as all the teams appear to have done a fantastic job over the winter. And whilst that might make things difficult for the teams, it is great for the fans, so above all else, we hope to put on a great show for everyone in Australia.“