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Petrov still searching for first finish

F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov concedes he is 'frustrated' not to have finished any of the races so far this season, but he remains 'hopeful' and Renault technical director James Allison is confident the Russian can get the job done.
Renault's Vitaly Petrov has said he wants to get closer to the top-ten and 'hopefully' fight for points this weekend in China, as well as notching up that elusive first finish.

Petrov has been unfortunate so far this year and while he put in a strong race in Malaysia two weeks ago - and had a good dice with 2008 F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton in the early stages - yet again he failed to get to the end.

It was the second time this year mechanical issues have forced him out, and after also spinning off in Australia, it means he has yet to do more than around 15 laps on a single Sunday afternoon.

That is something he now wants to put right in Shanghai, a venue he some experience of from his days in GP2, F1's feeder category.

"I've raced at Shanghai in GP2 so I don't need to worry about learning the track," Petrov stated. "It's a challenging circuit with a lot of different corners, which makes it a very technical circuit and difficult to find the right set-up. There are lots of long corners, such as turn 13, where your car understeers and it's hard to get on the power, which always feels frustrating.

"Of course, I've only experienced the circuit in GP2 and I'm sure it will be even more challenging in an F1 car. But the priority is to try and finish the race and get the experience of a race distance.

"I also want to get closer to the top ten and hopefully fight for points in the race. I also need to continue working hard on my qualifying performance so that I can make it through to Q2, and hopefully Q3."

Asked about the opening three races and how he thinks things are going so far, the Russian conceded that while he is happy within the team, it has been annoying not to get to the chequered flag.

"I'm pleased with my relationship with the team, especially with the engineers who have really helped me adapt to F1. I've been spending as much time as I can with them talking about the systems on the car, the set-up and where we can improve," he explained.

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Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 and Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Race, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30 leads Kazuki Nakajima (JPN), Williams F1 Team, FW30 retires from the race
Friday Practice 1, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30

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Dany Brown

April 14, 2010 8:35 PM

Agree with Cobalt. Somehow the guy simply feel like being able to do the job to me. His race pace seem good considering his low experience, and the fact that he steadily get closer and closer to kubica at each race already put him above most reccent second driver at Renault. Only time will tell if he will really shine or not, but i already expect his F1 career to be at least on the correct side.

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