Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Rapax team for the upcoming GP2 series and says he cannot wait to get going with the Italian team.

The 19-year-old Russian will commence his rookie GP2 season after graduating from Formula Renault 3.5, where he finished fifth in the drivers' standings in 2014, notching up a victory on home soil in Moscow. Sirotkin also acted as Formula 1 team Sauber's test driver and is thrilled to be joining Rapax.

"I am delighted to have reached an agreement with Team Rapax for the upcoming GP2 Series season," Sirotkin said. "The 2015 season will be a crucial one for my career. I went through some lengthy considerations about what could be the best possible choice for my future.

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"In post-season testing at Abu Dhabi I enjoyed an excellent chemistry with the GP2 car, as well as with the Rapax engineers and all the team. They are extremely focused and aggressive, and that's something I really like. I cannot wait to be back on-track for testing in a few weeks. The 2015 Series will be demanding, but also very interesting."

Rapax team owner Gianfranco Sovernigo was seriously impressed when the 19-year-old tested with the team in November and feels the driver will add the quality missing from his team.

"We are very proud and satisfied to have a really talented driver like Sergey in our team," Sovernigo said. "He's a quick, young guy and we think he can have a great future in car racing. We believe that his GP2 experience with Team Rapax will be a crucial step for his career.

"In the post-season test held at Abu Dhabi last November, we had the chance to experience his professionalism, which is a key added value for the season we are about to start."

The team will commence pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi between the 9-11 March ahead of the season-opener in Bahrain on the 18-19 April.