Ex-Renault and Caterham F1 driver Vitaly Petrov is eyeing a switch to the World Rallycross Championship for 2016.
The Russian, who spent 2014 in the DTM with Mercedes after leaving F1, tested a rallycross car for the first time in Italy on Monday.
Petrov drove a Peugeot 208 at Franciacorta, barely a day after attending the circuit’s World Rallycross round.
“Later I will decide what to do for next year, but why not?” he told Autosport of the prospect of joining the series.
“This is an option for next year. I’ve already started to discuss next year with different teams, with some we are still waiting for an answer. I think we need to wait until after the rallycross season, then we will continue to discuss next year.”
The Russian was contented by his first impression of the championship. He admitted that there are a lot of good drivers gracing the track and he needed the best gear to make any impact.
“There are a lot of good drivers, like champions from world rallying, so you need to be in a really good car and team to get strong results.” Continue Reading
The 2010 season comes with a lot of memories, both good and bad for several teams in the race.
One team that came off with a bad memory in that season, would be the Ferrari team and one which VitalyPetrov would always be remembered for.
The Ferrari Team Driver, Fernando Alonso had started out well, with Ferrari trying to utilize an opportunity to get Felipe Massa up ahead of Webber, thus providing Alonso with a good blocker.
However, the strategy was an epic fail as Massa’s stop turned out to be a bad one as he had a little trouble with the right rear, making him lose a second and a half in the pits on Webber.
Massa was thus forced to sit behind Webber’s Red Bull. Ferrari went on to make a crucial mistake after missing the first opportunity.With their failure to get Massa up in front of Webber, the Ferrari team had to bring Alonso up again to cover Webber. Continue Reading
Often it takes legends to point out and motivate young drivers who are commencing their careers on the race track.
Daniil Kvyat is being looked upon by Vitaly Petrov as someone whose career still has possibilities, thereby hinting that the young driver should push on and try to move his career ahead on the race tracks.
Vitaly is being looked upon as a legend by many and that is not without credit. He was the first Formula 1 racer from Russia. Hence he feels that it is needed that he motivates his countrymen who are in similar profession. He stated that his countryman, Daniil Kvyat can still put his career on track. This is a motivation for the 22 year old Kvyat who has suffered a blow when he was relegated to the junior team of Toro Rosso by Red Bull in order to replace his senior position with Max Verstappen. The company stated that Kvyat was struggling to cope with the pressure that he was facing from the races. The stress of events that occurred in Sochi had taken a toll on him. Hence, if he is part of the junior team he would be able to recover his form. Continue Reading
With the Russian Grand Prix coming up, there is little wonder that the name of Vitaly Petrov is doing the rounds.
Born a Russian in 1984, he is the first Russian to have taken part in the Formula One World Championship. Hence, now that the Russian Grand Prix is round the corner, it is a time to remember the feats of this racing driver. He was born in Vyborg and the lightning speeds at which he used to compete acquired him the nickname Vyborg Rocket. He competed in Formula One from 2010 for Renault and then for Caterham in 2012.
It is interesting to note that, Petrov started off with Karting as there was no motor sporting opportunity where he lived. He started off in Motorsport only in 1998. At that time he started to participate in ice races as well as in rally sprints. He then competed in Russian Lada Cup. From 2003 Petrov has been in the limelight as he started participating in Formula Renault races. Since then he has started to compete in different races in Europe. The Russian Lada Revolution races were started in 2004. He then remained and participated for Russia till 2005. Continue Reading
Vitaly Petrov is a Russian race car driver who previously drove for Renault between 2010 and 2011 and Caterham in 2012 in Formula One, becoming the first ever Russian driver to compete in the premier motorsport event in the world.
Unlike most other race car drivers, Petrov did not begin his racing career with karting as there was little scope for karting activities where he lived. In 1998, he began to take part in ice races and raly sprints before going on to compete in the Russian Lada Cup in 2001. He remained in the series and such was his dominance that he scored a maximum 500 possible points in 2002, winning all the races.
In 2003, he joined the Formula Renault championship with his main campaign being the Italian Formula Renault Championship where he raced for Euronova Racing. Joining the Euroseries 3000 in 2006 with the same team, he scored nine podium finishes in eighteen races and first gained the attention of Formula One teams.
Vitaly Petrov was linked with moves to Sauber, Campos and Renault F1 ahead of the 2010 season. He was strongly linked with a move to Campos but eventually, after signing for the French team, he said that it was the best move he possibly could have made. He also said that he had no major Russian sponsors backing him and only his father and a few of his friends came forward with the financial backing. Continue Reading