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Sirotkin Hopes For Formula 1 Return

Sirotkin Hopes For Formula 1 Return

Sergey Sirotkin says he is finding it “very tough” knowing he is without a drive in 2019 but hopes to return to Formula 1.

The Russian had been keen to stick with Williams but talks broke down and Robert Kubica was announced as his replacement at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

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Williams endured a disappointing season, finishing bottom of the team standings with seven points, with Sirotkin picking up just one point in his debut season in Formula 1.

The 23-year-old is convinced he would have fared better in 2019 and hopes he can secure a return to the sport in the future. “It’s tough,” he told Motorsport.com.

“Honestly, it’s very tough. I really feel like I had a few things I learned and could do better. But I don’t have the chance to.

“It probably sounds too optimistic or too great, but from the inside I see many more things than any other can see. “I have all these reasons to think so [that 2019 would be better].”

He added: “I dedicated so much energy and effort, I just could not and still cannot believe that it’s been a bit for nothing and I won’t be able to get anything from it for next year. “I will turn it into a positive. This year will always be in my memory, even if it’s been very tough.

It made me much stronger as a driver and as a personality. “I really believe that at certain points I will have more opportunities. Believe me, I will be more than ready. I have something to finish here. “I will dedicate all myself to get even stronger, be back here and prove myself.”

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