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Petrov: I must work hard if we are to beat Mercedes

F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov believes he is improving with every race, but concedes he has to do better at the British GP and in the remaining races.
Vitaly Petrov has admitted that he will have to do better in the second half of the year if Renault is to succeed in beating Mercedes to fourth spot in the F1 2010 Constructors' Championship.

Petrov, who is making his debut at the pinnacle of the sport this season, has only scored points once thus far, when he was seventh at the Chinese Grand Prix, way back in April.

Although the Russian has finished every race since then and has been unlucky on occasions, such as in Turkey, when he was on course to take points until he got a puncture late on after the duel with Fernando Alonso, the reality is the Regie still badly need him to step up, as otherwise it is all down to Robert Kubica.

“It's difficult to sum up my feelings because so much has happened to me in the last six months,” Petrov replied, when asked about the season so far. “I'm still learning about F1 and I feel that I'm improving at each race and working better with the team and my engineers.

“I've seen just how competitive F1 is and it still amazes me to see how much effort goes on by the team to improve the car at each race. For the rest of the season I know that I must work hard with Robert if we are to beat Mercedes before the end of the year, and this is our clear objective.”

Petrov will get his first chance to take that second points finish this weekend and he at least knows Silverstone - or most of the track anyway - from his days in F1's main feeder category, GP2.

“Until we get there and drive the lap it's difficult to know what the new [Arena] section will be like in an F1 car,” he continued. “My feeling is that it will just make the lap a bit longer because the main characteristics of the track have not changed.

“It was always difficult to overtake at the old Silverstone because of the quick corners and I think that will still be the case this year. There are some extra straights, but I don't know if they are long enough to allow overtaking.

“The first thing we will need to do is to see how our upgrades work there because it's a very different circuit to Valencia and much more high-speed. And because it's difficult to overtake, I know how important it will be to get the maximum from the car in qualifying. So I must try and avoid any mistakes over the weekend and aim to qualify inside the top ten so that we can get the most from the race. “It's a local race for the Enstone factory so it would be extra special to get a good result for the team.”

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Race, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice1, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Thursday, Press conference, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30

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July 06, 2010 12:48 PM

Nice to see you back Johnson. Petrov will be much better next season if he can get some testing mileage under his belt. He has the talent, he's just hiding it at the moment :) I hope Renault keep him on. Trying to sign Kimi is just dumb. Kimi is happy in the WRC.

JEsTer - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:31 AM

Renault will beat Mercedes (probably) because the W01 will not be further developed after the British GP. Whereas the Renault developments keep coming thick and fast. So sure Renault can have their 4th place and the prestige of having beaten an infant Mercedes GP. But at what cost for next year? And Rosberg beating Schumacher is quite predictable actually. A 41 year old returning to the sport after a 3 year hiatus using tyres(slicks) he hadnt used in over 10 years being put next to a damned fast driver in Rosberg, what do you expect? Learning curves arent just for teenagers.....

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