F1 » Petrov: Perhaps Kubica will be Renault number two in F1 2010...

Vitaly Petrov might have already been uncharitably labelled a 'pay driver' for the €15 million he is reputedly bringing to Renault in F1 2010 - but the Russian argues his form should not be judged until the season gets underway in Bahrain

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February 23, 2010 3:34 PM

Hopefully this was a statement lost in translation. He must be looney if he thinks he will out drive a veteran that was hand picked months ago. Paying for a ride and then spouting off is not going to endear team unity. Nor help from Kubica. Help he's going to need. Just plain stupid to saying anything of this nature.


February 23, 2010 3:41 PM

Rob, as the 'story' is on Crash, I wouldn't give it too much credence. It's not been reported anywhere else. And yes, I'm sure something changed in the translation. Petrov is good, but he'll do well to match Kubica. Good target for him though, if by season's end he can be beating his teammate.


February 23, 2010 4:33 PM

If the difference between the 1st and 2nd car at Renault is anything like it has been in the past, he won't match Kubica no matter how good he would be.

Renault have never made a secret about it either, in fact the notion he should score 25% of the points Kubica scores in itself proves his 2nd driver status, cause if the oppertunities for both drivers would really be equal, why would Renault ever accept one driver getting only 25% of the points the other gets...(it's not the cash either, Piquet had something similar in his contract)

cobalt - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 5:05 PM

Nothing wrong in aiming high. He should aim to beat Kubica (eventually or occasionally).

I dont think it would be a right attitude if Petrov resigned himself to a 2nd driver status.

I am sure Kubica and Renault wont be surprised or offended.


February 23, 2010 5:06 PM


It's not Renault as it was, they sold a majority stake in the team and retain a small 25% stake.

Sure they'll disappear completely when Red Bull bin their engines at the end of the season.

Olek - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 5:58 PM

Typical Russian Bravado. Russians never seem to learn, you would think Petrov would have watched the olympics and see his countryman yevgeni make the same boast only to be squashed and have papa putin make him feel better with a telefax saying his silver is worth gold. Petrov will learn quickly to let his talking be done on the race track, otherwise he will face the same fate others have at renault, and the rednecks of nascar don't take to kindly to ruskies. Kubica is the real deal, and has always done his talking on the track, never boasted to be good, only pushed his team to make his car better and go after a championship. If Putin backs Petrov, I say "Kubica get the heck out of there!"

Nanbawan - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 8:04 PM

Paradoxically, Renault has more input in its team now that Briatore is gone according to AutoHebdo.

Genii capital is in constant dialogue with the guys from the Regie (like crash would put it) in contrast with Flavio's situation where the diamond brand committed the mistake to let him the keys.

But, hey Taz can begin to burn candles so that his wishes come true... :rolleyes:


February 23, 2010 8:08 PM

Kubica knows the tracks well. Petrov doesn't. That alone should put Petrov number two. Renault will be putting alot of their effort behind Robert. If Petrov did make this statement he should hang his head when he goes to Kube for advise. The advise he will be needing to do well.

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