F1 »

Petrov: I need to get to the end of the race!

As it emerges that his employer Renault has asked him to lose some weight, F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov - the first Russian ever to join the grand prix grid - admits he needs to start finishing races...
Renault rookie Vitaly Petrov has admitted that his principal goal now in F1 2010 has to be to see the chequered flag, after enduring three DNFs in the first three grands prix of his top flight career – as it emerges that the Russian has been instructed by his team to lose some weight to bring him more in-line with similarly tall but 10kg lighter team-mate Robert Kubica.

Against all expectations, Renault currently sits a commendable fifth in the constructors' standings – and best-of-the-rest – thus far in 2010, but all 30 of the Enstone-based outfit's points have been notched up by former Canadian Grand Prix-winner Kubica.

The Pole finished a superb second in Melbourne and a strong fourth in Sepang last weekend, but Petrov by contrast has yet to reach the finish line at all, having exited the fray due to suspension failure in Bahrain, a spin in Australia and gearbox woes in Malaysia – making him one of only three drivers in the field not to have made it to the end of any of the three races.

There are also still some issues with the 25-year-old's qualifying pace, after he started from the ninth row of the grid in his first two outings whilst Kubica made the top ten. Eleventh place in Sepang did mark something of an step forwards, however – and Petrov's blistering starts, overtaking prowess and fighting spirit have undoubtedly caught the eye, particularly his gutsy and dogged refusal to let former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton go in Malaysia.

“We're improving the car all the time and some new aerodynamic parts are working,” the man dubbed the 'Vyborg Rocket' – who is bringing some €15 million to Renault this year in backing – told GP Update. “The car has improved a lot, but we need more time to understand where we are and to improve more for the next races. At the moment we're still not as quick as we want to be, but we're working on that.

“Everything is different [between GP2 – in which Petrov finished as runner-up in 2009 – and F1], not just things like the acceleration and braking. It's another world, with people working all the time and pushing very hard. It's possible to improve all parts of the car all the time. It's going okay, but we're yet to finish a race, so we have to do that to understand things properly. [To score points in] Barcelona would be difficult, but we can always try.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 and Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30
Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30
Thursday, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30
Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30
Peter Gethin sat in his BRM at the 1972 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
Lotus E22 with Hisense sponsorship
Sebatian Vettel and David Coulthard at the Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi - Pic credit: Infiniti
24.08.2014- Race, Start of the race
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, Andre Lotterer (GER), Caterham F1 Team
24.08.2014- Race, Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team motorhome
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.