In Sochi, a 20-year-old Russian driver will replace the Dane Kevin Magnussen. Manual Renault plans to attract 20-year-old Russian to take part in free practice and test races during the season.

Sergey Sirotkin has already been a test driver for the Sauber team in 2013-14, but last season, speaking for the Rapax team, was the most promising rookie in the GP2 series, finishing the championship in third place.

Recall that the first Russian pilot in "to the Formula-1" (2010-2012) was Vitaly Petrov and then also played for Lotus Renault GP. Since 2014 member of the "Royal races" is another Russian driver Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull).