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Petrov to sign new Renault deal in December?

With his grittily impressive Abu Dhabi performance looking to have secured him a stay-of-execution into 2011, Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov is now expected to sign a new contract with Renault F1 within weeks
Vitaly Petrov's manager has revealed that her client is likely to sign a new agreement with Renault F1 for 2011 within the next few weeks – finally bringing to an end the ongoing speculation regarding the young Russian rookie's future.

Petrov's place at Renault has been under threat for some time, with the Enstone-based outfit appreciating the financial sponsorship the 26-year-old is able to bring to the team from his homeland – but less appreciative on occasion of his frustrating inconsistency and alarming predilection for throwing his car into the wall.

However, after producing a superb performance to fend off double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso in a palpably faster Ferrari all the way to the chequered flag to finish a strong sixth in the Abu Dhabi season finale just over a week ago – thereby securing 13th spot in the final drivers' standings – it appears the man dubbed the 'Vyborg Rocket' has now done enough to earn himself a stay-of-execution.

“I am still working in this direction, but so far nothing definite can be said,” stated his manager Oksana Kosachenko, speaking to Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport. “Most likely, we'll sign a contract in the second week of December. As for Vitaly, he is on vacation now and he'll spend the next two-to-three weeks outside of Russia.”

Kosachenko is understood to be bidding for a two-year deal for Petrov, and has hinted that even if Renault elects not to retain him, there is another possibility to prolong his F1 career.

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50 Cent - Unregistered

November 22, 2010 6:44 PM

I really would like to see in Renault somebody who could help Kubica. Unlike andrew I think that those flashes were not enough...even Sato had them...however, if he's bringing money I believe Renault will keep him. Would love to see Kimi in that Renault seat thought...I'm shure he would get a sponsorship from Finlandia or something...

Calvin _

November 22, 2010 5:23 PM
Last Edited 1682 days ago

He drove well in front of FA, not letting him have any opportunities to overtake, although the track and car design also helped. Hopefully, it focused his mind on what is needed at this level and 2011 will see him get better.

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