GP2 driver Sergey Sirotkin is to drive for Renault in the First Free Practice session for the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Russian will take the place of Kevin Magnussen for the first session, in front of his home crowd and Renault making a big marketing push ahead of the weekend.
Sirotkin, who formally was linked to Sauber, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it.
“This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1.
“Renault Sport, which I would like to thank, has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula One career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity.
“My commitment to challenge for the GP2 Series title will be enhanced by such a great chance and I would like to thank SMP Racing for the great support given to my career, commencing in Sochi, in front of my compatriots.’