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
Mercedes has announced the driver line-up for 2015. The team is going to have eight drivers and here Vitaly Petrov the ex-driver of F1 was dropped and that worked in favour of Lucas Auer and Maximilian Gotz. The Russian driver had failed to make his mark when he debuted in 2014 for the Mercedes team. He couldn’t make any points and so, was excluded from the list of drivers for 2015 season under the Mercedes team.
Other than these two drivers, the Mercedes team will have 6 other drivers who are: Paul di Resta, Pascal Werhlein,Gary Paffett, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Daniel Juncadella. With so many drivers in the team, the format will be two races every weekend.
Paffet being very experienced will be handed the duty of neing in charge and will also front the set up for the ART Grand Prix. This is because the French team has announced that DTM will be included as a customer team and this is will a first in its history. He will be driving along with Auer. Continue Reading