Vitaly Petrov


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.”

But the test was the first time Vitaly Petrov had sampled a rallycross supercar, unlike many of his racing colleagues.

Vitaly spent 10years when he kicked off his career on ice, asphalt and grass. He thinks the car has quite a lot of power and is interesting to drive.

It’s his first time with a huge engine and four-wheel drive in a rallycross car.

Andy Scott a team principal of Albatec Racing was impressed with the 31-years old performance.

“I think Vitaly settled very fast into rallycross and the lap times came down through the day,” Scott said.

“What we’ve noticed is when you take a professional driver; it’s a great benefit to the team.

Vitaly is the third F1 driver to have driven the supercar.