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.