F1 » Boullier: I put my neck on the line in retaining Petrov

Eric Boullier has admitted that it was his influence that kept Australian Grand Prix podium finisher Vitaly Petrov at Lotus Renault GP in F1 2011 - and that he would have had nowhere to hide had the Russian not performed this year

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March 30, 2011 10:13 PM

Bouillier says he 'would have had no excuses if he had failed for a second year'
Don't forget there is only one race gone by. One or more easy mistakes could lead to a season of poor confidence for Petrov with poor performances resulting.
Nice drive though.

over2u - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 10:17 PM

Interesting how he hasn't said what happened to his ass after letting his star driver that they built a team around was allowed to play rally driver and flushed a great Renault season down the toilet !

Paddles - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 1:07 AM

I bet young Eric is breathing a huge sigh of relief actually after VP's good result. He would have been thinking that Renault's season was pretty much down the poo chute before then. No lead driver and a rookie that needs some direction and stability would have had the management/funding machine looking very seriously at his operation. VP has totally saved his @rse.

Jez - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 1:22 AM

I won't eat my hat until he shows consistency over 3 or 4 rounds, however his Melbourne drive does deserve credit and he has surprised this critic. Boullier won't be vindicated in his decision unless Petrov can regularly pull top 5 finishes.

Though I am left wondering what Kubica could have done with that car.

IanO - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 10:30 AM

Petrov is in a slightly tricky position where finishing on the podium will lead people to assume and suggest that Robert Kubica might have won.

I can remember a driver (Johnny Herbert?) saying years ago something to the effect that in some ways, the worst thing you can do is start qualifying and finishing regularly in the top six, if the team is not sure you are a top-liner, because then they start to think that the car might win with someone else driving!

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