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PETROV UNLUCKY IN MONACO

Vitaly Petrov was left to reflect on an unfortunate Grand Prix at Monaco which started badly and got worse. The Caterham driver was quick off the mark, and would have been in a good position had it not been for an unavoidable collision with Kobayashi entering the first bend.

“I made a good start and passed a few cars but then a Sauber came right across me and hit me as we were going into turn 1,” Petrov said. “I could immediately feel a problem with the front wing so we gave it a couple of laps to see how bad the damage was but then had to pit for a new nose on lap 3. This already left the Russian driver lower than he deserved to be, and yet more misfortune was to follow.

Petrov had only completed a few more laps after he pitted when what was to be his final problem occurred. “From that point I was pushing as hard as I could but then I had a low battery warning light on the dash and from that point my race was pretty much over,” said the Russian. “My engineer told me to box on lap 16 with an electrical failure and that was the end of the race. It’s a real shame as I was in a strong position after my good start and as the car has felt good all weekend I would have been in with a chance of finishing really well, but these things happen in motor racing.”

The Caterham team boss Tony Fernandes shared Petrov’s frustration but was aware that the fault did not really lie with his driver and that there was nothing the Russian could have done differently. “For Vitaly today will go down as one of those races. It was good to see him how disappointed he was to be forced out by something out of his control though as it proves how hungry he is to help us keep pushing forwards.” There was also consolation for Fernandes in the fact that Petrov’s team mate Heikki Kovalainen achieved 13th place, lifting their team above close rivals Marussia in the Constructor’s Championship.