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
Russia has some names that have made it big in the international motorsports scenario and Vitaly Petrov is one of them.
Though he is not active on the F1 race tracks these days, he continues to be a pivotal figure in Russian motor racing events. As the F1 season for 2017 starts off, there is much focus on the different race tracks being prepared around the world, including Russia.
Every race track in different countries has its own nuances and challenges that drivers look forward to knowing and conquering well before the real races begin. Russia, for instance, would be sporting a Grand Prix for the fourth time. The venue is Sochi Autodrom. As the past seasons have showcased, Mercedes team has been able to conquer the racing circuit here every season. 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
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