Aug 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Vitaly Petrov is striving to return to the Formula One grid in time for Russian first grand prix due to be held next year.
The Vyborg-born driver lost his drive for Caterham at the end of last year after three years in the sport.
Petrov told RSport he had approached several teams about a drive next year including Russian-backed outfit Marussia.
“I need to understand their plans, what they want and how they want to be in F1 – just to have a car and drive or they want to grow up,” said Petrov.
Petrov was a guest of Mercedes at last weekend’s DTM (German touring car) race at the Moscow Raceway. He is one of several Russian drivers vying for a place on the grid ahead of next year’s inaugural race in Sochi.
Muscovite Sergey Sirotkin is in the running for an F1 debut with Sauber after a Russian research organization invested in the team. Red Bull also gave an F1 test to Daniil Kvyat. Like Sirotkin, the Bashkortostan native is still in his teens.
Petrov, whose F1 career highlight was a podium finish at Melbourne in 2011, said the prospect of a race in Russia improved his chances of making a return to the sport’s top flight:
“I think definitely it helps, because it can’t be the Russian Grand Prix without Russian drivers, you know. Maybe it will motivate some people to support me.”
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