A journalist has defended his claim that Williams has definitely decided to sign Sergey Sirotkin instead of Robert Kubica for 2018. Among those reporting the news about Russian Sirotkin’s soon-to-be-announced deal the most confidently in recent days has been British journalist Andrew Benson.

He now tells the Polish publication Sportowe Fakty: “The team told me that the results on the track was the primary reason for signing Sirotkin. It turned out that the Abu Dhabi test was crucial,” Benson added.

He said Sirotkin was consistently quicker than former BMW and Renault driver Kubica in qualifying trim. “I also received information that even Robert told team management about his problems adapting to the new tyres supplied by Pirelli,” Benson said.

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