F1 » Petrov: There are a lot of lies written about me

Melbourne podium star - and F1 ground-breaker - Vitaly Petrov admits he 'doesn't want to listen' when people say he is merely a pay-driver, arguing that 'there are a lot of lies written about me'

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JJJ - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 1:58 PM

The strange thing with Petrov is that sometimes he does show he has the ability to deliver a good race weekend (Hungary and Abu Dhabi 2010 and obviously Melbourne) but then follows that up with multiple rookie mistakes in other races. Last Sunday for instance he already had a couple of 'moments' before his ultimate retirement, costing him time and positions. If that doesn't change, unfortunately for him a team can't employ him on merit to lead their charge nor to be the steady consistent 2nd driver who you can rely on to pick up the spoils when the 1st driver crashes out (like say Heidfeld, Barichello, Button and maybe Kovalainen or Alguersuari in various degrees). So as long as that's the case he'll have to compensate for crashing out on occassion with cash money.

kranalif - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 2:47 PM

@pcxmac: That was pretty funny!! lol

On a serious note, I feel sorry for this guy in a way, because any driver who comes from a non-traditional racing country as a pay driver, gets the nasty media. Last year he was a rookie and yes, Kubica made him look like a looser, and probably he was!.......but also, did Barrichello to Hulkenberg and people cried rivers when Nico got sacked!........

50 Cent - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 3:17 PM

There are two parallels between comrade and Hulk. They both got better n 2010. That said Hulk was coming on much stronger at the end than comrade. The other one is that both came from GP2. That said Hulk raced in: karts, Formula BMW, A1, F3, GP2 and he had won all of those on his first attemp as a rookie. Hulk has plenty of talent and given a good car it would show. Yes, Barrichello initially spanked him but the difference between the two in quali at the end of 2010 was closing the gap to Ruben very quickly. Also he scored 22 points to Ruben's 47 which is not that bad.

Rob01 - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 3:29 PM

I am NOT convinced that Petrov is a good driver. Over a full race weekend he is still very green. One podium and alot of people are getting all giddy. My guess is that he has a bunch of bad weekends with a few good ones.

MikeG - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 3:49 PM

I sure hope that the steering wheel came off during the jump. Would be very worried about him if he gave the car full gas over a jump without it.


April 12, 2011 3:58 PM

No none who has won a handful of GP2 races and finish were he did in that title chase and stood on an F1 podium is a slouch.

If he had to bring money to get to F1 than so what? He isn't the first and damn sure won't be the last to do that. As long as he puts in good drives is all that matters.

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