F1 » Petrov: I can lead Renault!

A bullish Vitaly Petrov believes that off the back of his wholly unanticipated but thoroughly well-deserved maiden podium finish in F1 in Melbourne, he is now the man to take Lotus Renault GP forward in Robert Kubica's absence

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March 28, 2011 1:01 PM

there is little doubt that petrov drove a good race, but the thread does not do nick any justice. nick went from 18 to 12 at start, and was then rammed in the side. if you look at the photos, the right sidepod was ripped open, exposing radiators etc, and creating a huge airscoop acting as an airbrake. further, the exhaust outlet was flattened, restricting engine power. so whilst petrov gets credit, nick should also be complimented in bringing a badly damaged car to the finish.
so, come on crash.net, why not give the full story?

Ruben - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 1:21 PM

Just because he has gotten good one result doesn't mean the team should fully back him now as their number one. He has had races like this last year and then botched up the next 4 without scoring any points while Robert stayed consistent.

I will take back those words if he manages to maintain this pace towards the end of the season and scored some points every race.


March 28, 2011 1:26 PM

Ruben here's the thing: Kubica is not around since he is recovering. If Petrov can maintain a level of consistent drives like this, I do not see why Renault won't back him up this year at least.

Ronald McDonald - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 1:28 PM

I think he's getting ideas above his station. One good result doesn't make you a title challenger my friend.
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong for nick did go wrong. He be much better next time.

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 1:31 PM

I like Petrov and was thrilled to see him get his first podium. (Having Alonso behind him yet again was just icing on the cake.)

However, as stated by others many times, we have known since last year that the man has talent and can put in good performances. But the fact is that the first time he really had a good drive for an entire race was the finale last year.

He has done it again now, in the season opener and that is a good sign, BUT...
Can he do it consistently?
That is what it takes and he wasn't able to do it last year.
We'll see in two weeks.
I think he can do it, personally.

your mum - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 1:50 PM

big Petrov fan, knew he wd do well this season but didnt imagine a podium this quickly! The dude is a racer and exciting to watch, imagine Flabbio was still there, he wd have been treated like dog meat, just shows he needed confidence and its good to see the other drivers patting him on the back afterwards.

Nick Tea - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 2:33 PM

woah woah woah woah, lets not get ahead of ourselves. sure he drove a good race but one podium over a season or terrible driving does not justify leading the team. you sir need to get real.

50 Cent - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 3:10 PM

you mum - if Flavio were there with Renault he'd be fired last year. That said Kubica used to wipe the floor with Petrov especially in quali. That doesn't bode for Heidi, and if comrade Petrov can keep it up Petrov can be a numero uno at Renault.

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