Remember Sergey Sirotkin? What Is He Up To Now?

Sergey Sirotkin

May not be wrong to say that there’s never a dull day in Russia. Or more specifically speaking, there’s never quite a dull day where it comes to racing drivers from Russia associated with Formula 1!

Here’s something you might consider to be nothing more than a modicum of truth. 26, quite frankly, is that age where many actually happen to break into the topsy-turvy and grilling world of Formula 1. Traditionally speaking, it really isn’t that sort of age where you would imagine a young personality (associated with the craft of racing) to occupy a position in any automobile federation- right?

What would you think?

But then, 26 is precisely that age where former Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin has come to occupy a position in an important motorsports body back in his Russian homeland.

To be precise, and this may even come as a pleasant surprise to most of us, Sergey Sirotkin has been appointed as the executive director of the Russian Automobile Federation back home in his native country.

But, there is a certain context to Sergey Sirotkin

While on the one hand, Sergey Sirotkin has perhaps finally found a role that best suits him since Formula 1 clearly didn’t, most others who happen to be around his age, are going strong in the sport.

So how’s that?

While at 26, Sergey Sirotkin will be brainstorming alongside other fellow Russians on how to grow the motor sports culture in the country of which Putin is a strongman, the likes of Sainz (currently with Ferrari, aged 28), and Russell (24, currently with Mercedes) have their best days ahead of them.

The following is what the Moscow-born driver highlighted regarding his appointment in the media:

“Friends, I’ve said it many times that my mission and target is the development and growth in popularity of auto racing in our country – and I’ve been actively working on that for several years.”

The above were the first lines of the social media post that Sergey Sirotkin shared over his Instagram handle (sergeysirotkin_official).

But he’d also add further, “Today I am sharing with you another piece of news, no less exciting and important to me – recently I was appointed as the executive director of the Russian Automobile Federation. I believe that together we can get to the next stage in the development of auto racing in our country!”

This is, interestingly speaking, a case of one Sergey replacing another; Sirotkin joining the table means he’s now replaced a certain Sergey Ivanov, who was previously in the role where the former Formula 1 driver is now present.

All of that being said, over the course of the past several years, there have been several drivers from Russia who happened to have broken into the top flight of F1 albeit without much success.

We have seen the likes of Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat besides the 26-year-old Sirotkin breaking into the pinnacle of motor racing: Formula 1. But from this trinity, only Kvyat has emerged with something that could be considered fathomable success given he scored 202 points including 3 podiums and 1 fastest lap from 110 race starts.


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