The recent Bahrain Grand Prix has seen a lot of drivers get into form, as well as out of form.On Saturday night,Mercedes was sitting on a first front row lockout of 2017, about 0.455s clear of the rest of the field.
However, the next 24 hours saw Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari turning out that form on its head. For both Ferrari and Vettel, a second win out of the three opening races raises championship hopes down Maranello way.
Ever since Michael Schumacher delivered in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, Vettel has recently become the first Ferrari driver to take two of the first three.
Prior to 2017, Vettel had only won three of his 40 Grand Prix starts for Ferrari. With this so far, the turnaround is a significant one.
And since Fernando Alonso took the last of his three Sakhir wins in 2010 during his Scuderia debut, the team had not taken home a Bahrain win ever since. 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
According to Vitaly Petrov who is also the ex Formula F1 driver is of the opinion that in 2014 season of DTM curbed his performance to qualify. Along with Mercedes DTM members he struggled to qualify for the season of 2014. From long Petrov has been unable to qualify in the first round itself.
Apart from the qualifying notion his performance was also not up to the mark for which he has to work hard. He was not comfortable with the set up of the car as well. He was also struggling with the coup problem of Mercedes C, the electrical part of the car.
The track seemed out of place and hence was tricky to drive it down. It was a shame for him to be not able to compete successfully. Practise is what he needs the most. He hopes that the race which succeeds after 2014 are better for him. What he wants is to surprise himself with the performance. Continue Reading