Williams to test Sirotkin/Kubica in Abu Dhabi
Williams will test Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin alongside Robert Kubica in a 2017-spec car at the post-Abu Dhabi Formula 1 tyre test.
Currently Renault’s reserve driver, Sirotkin has been on the fringes of Formula 1 for a number of years.
It’s expected he will receive one day of running at Yas Marina, with Kubica completing the other.
The move comes as Williams mulls over who it will run alongside Lance Stroll next season, following Felipe Massa’s retirement from F1.
Kubica is believed to be the frontrunner for the seat, with next week’s test aimed at generating the final answers Williams requires.
Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein, former Toro Rosso racer Daniil Kvyat and Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta are also in contention.
It remains unclear whether Sirotkin’s Williams test is a one-off or whether he has now joined the shortlist as a potential team-mate for Stroll.
Williams will not make a decision on its final 2018 line-up until after this weekend’s season finale at Yas Marina.
Sirotkin has taken part in four Friday grand prix practice sessions for Renault this season, having also completed two last year and one for Sauber in 2014.