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Aleshin to become second Russian F1 driver

Mikhail Aleshin says he is close to becoming Russia's second F1 driver alongside Vitaly Petrov.
Mikhail Aleshin says he is likely to be in Formula 1 next year after claiming the 'issue of his participation' has been 'resolved' and an announcement is imminent.

The Russian tested for the Renault team during the recent 'F1 Rookie tests' earlier this month as a prize for his title success in the 2010 World Series by Renault.

However, it is with Force India, Lotus and Virgin that Aleshin has been most recently linked with, the latter team emerging as a frontrunner following the announcement it has sold part a significant share to Russian car manufacturer Marussia.

Indeed, with Russia's F1 involvement growing on the back of Vitaly Petrov's fairly successful first season in the series, Aleshin is believed to be bringing good backing from the likes of Gazprom and Cordiant tyres.

With this in mind, Aleshin told Russian news website gzt.ru that he will have some kind of F1 involvement next year.

“We are considering options and there are some very interesting proposals. I'm not allowed to talk about it, so I'll try for it to be a surprise. In fact, the issue of my participation (in F1) is resolved. But it is not guaranteed, because there are no guarantees in formula one.”

Aleshin beat highly-rated Red Bull protégé Daniel Ricciardo to the WSbR crown in 2010 after prevailing in a final race showdown.



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Superbike - Unregistered

December 04, 2010 10:31 AM

I like Aleshin he always seems measured and modest. He compared well to his Vetttel a few years back, won Renault 3.5s mnost of the time putting it on the pdium from from mid grid and got 3rd in F2. At the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi he was solid, He went faster than Petrov's best lap in the same car on the same track on hard tyres, and Alan Permane agreed that there had been more speed to come from him. Young drivers make the sport exciting and I want to see more get into the sport-Look what Vettel's done. Istead of Hulk or Aleshin we have MS and Ruby clogging up the grid when they should be racing classics and testing/advising from the pit wall. Young blood!

Jose - Unregistered

December 07, 2010 5:59 PM

Well another Russian with good backing ($) may find himself at Lotus. He will be paired with Trulli, maybe Petrov.. Lotus may become a full Russian team, they have the bucks..What a surprise! Jose



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