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Vitaly Petrov focuses on F1 return

Mar 31, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

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Russian racer Vitaly Petrov, who was dropped by Caterham following the 2012 campaign, is currently looking at a potential return to Formula One next season.

The “Vyborg Rocket” and his manager, Oksana Kosachenko, split apart when the former lost out on his drive and the latter was kept on at Caterham as its new commercial director. But despite those setbacks, Petrov isn’t ready to give up on Formula One.

“Of course, I’ll try to find some outlets for negotiations with different teams,” he said in comments to F1News.ru.  “At first, there was stress but now I’m more or less rested and set to work at looking for a place for 2014.”

“I will sort out who works with me and for whom I’ll be working next year. There will be some changes that I do not want to take about it but in the near future it will become clearer.”

Petrov’s 11th place finish in last year’s season finale at Brazil enabled Caterham to steal 10th place (and a substantial amount of money) away from Marussia in the all-important constructor’s championship. But despite that accomplishment and besting then-teammate Heikki Kovalainen in four of the last five events of 2012, both men wound up being replaced by sophomore Charles Pic and rookie Giedo van der Garde for 2013.

Petrov also has two years of experience higher up the pecking order at Renault (2010, 2011).

  1. apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Petrov is Russian for not that great.

  2. purplesectornet - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    You are a horses rear…Petrov is a last name, and he has had some good drives in F1 especially for Lotus when he was there…

    • apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Nice troll, but you’ll have to try harder.

      He had decent drives with a great car at Renault and he did outperform Heikki in the final 4-5 races in 2012. Otherwise he hasn’t done anything to warrant an F1 drive. He isn’t even the fastest Russian driver, just the only one with the connections to get a superlicense and sponsors. Thank you Mr. Putin.

      • petearon - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        I agree. A relatively mediocre driver with some serious money behind him. Also, his personality could use some polishing.

      • purplesectornet - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        Try again. Petrov was very good in GP2 and is plenty fast. He is just as good as any of the other drivers who have brought money…it’s no troll, you basically have no idea what you are talking about. Full stop.

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