Former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov made a return to racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2016, having spent a year on the sidelines.
Petrov, 31, raced in Formula 1 with Renault and Caterham between 2010 and 2012, claiming the first podium for a Russian driver at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix.
Since losing his Caterham seat at the end of 2012, Petrov’s only racing experience came when he contested the 2014 DTM series for Mercedes, though he finished the campaign without a point.
Petrov returned to the cockpit with SMP Racing in the LMP2 division of last year’s WEC.
“I want to tell you the news. I will spend 2016 with SMP Racing, in the World Endurance Championship,” Petrov posted on social media.
“Together with the Russian crew [we will] defend the colours of the tricolour in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Vitaly Aleksandrovich Petrov is a Russian racing driver who drove in Formula One for Renault F1 Team in 2010, Lotus Renault GP in 2011 and Caterham F1 Team in 2012. Born in Vyborg, he is known as the “Vyborg Rocket” in Russia. Continue Reading
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
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