F1 » Petrov: I didn't bring any sponsorship to secure Renault seat

Vitaly Petrov might be a 'pay driver', but he has not brought any sponsorship with him to secure the second Renault seat in F1 2010, he assures - and besides, as pay drivers go, the Russian is in good company...

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si23 - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 12:40 PM

You know what ? I am pleased for PETROV, I remember whe he first turned up in F3000 and was generally beaten by his team mates, he has knuckled down and applied himself to the task of steadily improving as a racing driver and was in my opinion impressive in GP2 last year.

His developmental path is similar to someone like Damon HILL ie not the next Senna - who can just plug into anything and destroy anyone, but someone who with practice and dedication could do very well.

Yeah his dad has funded his racing since day dot and nothing has changed this year - I have got to say though that if my dad could have afforded it I would have happily accepted the cheque :-)

So good luck Vitaly.


February 02, 2010 1:04 PM

So what is it his father does exactly? Seems like a good business to be in.

Did he just assume control of a firm he happened to be managing when the wall came down and the power vacuum enabled managers to suddenly be the owners of the companies they were leading like most rich Russkies?


February 02, 2010 1:43 PM

he was claiming to have 15m for a seat, did he just throw it away?? and why did genii capital say that he was contributing a sizable chunk of their budget? he may not have brought any sponsors, but he DID bring cash, which is the same thing, no matter how you dress it up!

dard - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 3:48 PM

renault's finances are shaky, we all know that. by signing petrov who brings a substantial amount of cash, renault hopes even for more: sponsors money from russian tycoons.

Insomniac - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 4:47 PM

He makes up 7% of Renault's F1 budget, which isn't a whole lot overall, but he also opens up potential Russian sponsers, which very well could be a whole lot!


February 02, 2010 8:56 PM


Sorry my Russian is not that great...nedolgo apparently means 'it's onlt too easy to get drowned' or 'serious trouble could easily happen'

Are you saying his dad is a Russian mobster?

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