F1 » Petrov position 'uncertain'

Vitaly Petrov will have to wait until next week to discover whether he will partner Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus Renault in 2012.

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MikeG - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 10:36 AM

Lotus Renault just need to decide and quickly on what path they want to take. It is not fair on any of the drivers to be held on a leash, while they take their time deciding. Respect to Petrov's management for bringing it to a head. Best to know either way whether you have a future with the team or not. It is december already ...


December 02, 2011 10:46 AM

beeflin. unfortunately kimi is not a development driver, so needs a good such driver as a teammate. barro is not a development driver either (look how williams has gone backwards). i dont know if petrov is any good, but at least he has a contract for 2012. whether or not this guarantees him a seat remains to be seen. with lotus possibly hiring di villota as a reserve driver, i reckon that petrov will be confirmed or else grosjean will get the job. still, they may be able to bring rosberg (keke) out of retirement....!

Chris - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 11:03 AM

Richard, how do you know Kimi isn't a development driver?

And it's not just about his speed. His best asset has been able to direct us in the car development work, Sauber says.

Usually it takes 10-20 million USD or Michael Schumacher to develop the car half a second faster. My team gets this benefit for free thanks to Raikkonen, with input from Heidfeld.....

I think Peter Sauber knows more than you, so I am going to side with him.


December 02, 2011 11:37 AM

Where do you get your opinion from, Richard?

From crash.net's bio of RB: "It may not have yielded the success of 2009, but 2010 again allowed the popular Brazilian to be the first to reach 300 F1 starts, at Suzuka in October, and underlined his worth as a development driver."

From formula1blog.com: "Barrichello is a veteran and a fabulous car development driver"

From f1technical.net's Forum: "Barrichello is well known as a development driver and giving good feedback, and is very very good at setting a car up, with some people even saying that it only takes Rubens about 5 laps to know the exact specific setup that he wants"

Nick - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 11:56 AM

If they really want to show they are serious, they need to go for some young and upcoming talent to partner Kimi. Petrov hasn't done much, Senna ditto, Sutil generally struggled to match Di'Resta and Rubens more often than not got outqualified by Maldonado. For me, Grosjean fits the bill perfectly, young, fast, loyal. On both Friday outings, he was faster than the regular drivers and he has learnt a lot since being thrown in at the deep end in 2009.


December 02, 2011 12:01 PM

beeflin. nobody ever wants to admit that the driver they employed, is not good at development. it was known that , in ferrari, schumi was the one who pushed development, and it was he alone that improved the car. rubens gained in performance from schumis input. with williams, since rubens joined, the car has gone steadily backwards. you cannot put all the blame at the teams door. it needs a good driver to push, and there should have been some forward progress. if rubens was good at development, then there would be no question about him remaining there.
can you point to even one improvement that could be positively attributed to rubens?
there are few good development drivers on the grid, and i would put button and webber as the two front runners. schumi is still there too, but a little less skilled than in his ferrari days.

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