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Petrov: 'Closed' Kubica no help

Vitaly Petrov: If you are team-mates with Robert you cannot learn anything from him because he's a closed person. You just watch his data, how he's working, what he says to the engineers and that's it.

Vitaly Petrov has said his team-mate Robert Kubica gave him no help during his debut season.

Petrov, who will continue with the Enstone-based outfit this year, now re-branded Lotus Renault GP, added that while the data from the Polish driver's car was useful, that was about it.

“If you are team-mates with Robert you cannot learn anything from him because he's a closed person. You just watch his data, how he's working, what he says to the engineers and that's it,” the Russian explained while speaking on the main stage at the recent Autosport International show.

“I didn't learn so much from him, but I learned his way of driving from the data, and I learned from how he talked with his engineers."

Despite a mixed first year at the pinnacle of the sport, Petrov was pleased with his progress and his drive to sixth at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, despite persistent pressure from Fernando Alonso, helped him earn a new two-year deal with the team.

Indeed the 26-year-old really felt things had started to gel and come together by the end of 2010.

“It's like 'welcome to F1', because it's very difficult as a rookie - learning the tracks, the cars and how F1 works,” he continued.

“I had a little bit of pressure, a little bit of nerves, but then finally I found the solution and I think it is working now. Next season I hope will be easier for me,” he summed-up.


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Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Friday Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Race, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30
Saturday, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30 and Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov, Renault R30 presentation, Valencia, 2010 [pic credit: Renault F1]
Friday Practice 1, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Renault F1 Team, R30

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Dario - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 1:52 PM

"You just watch his data, how he's working, what he says to the engineers" Well, what else do you need, for Kubica to teach you how to drive each corner? Being new to F1 and still learning -- which he admits himself in the same article -- maybe his expectations of how much hand holding a team mate should be doing are a bit unrealistic?

Sam - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 11:31 AM

Haha considering their histories together will a Pole be so receptive to helping a Russian? A bit unfriendly of Kubica, but then again he is very similar to Alonso in that both are okay blokes, but extremely hard to get close to if you're another driver....I also hear Kubs is an avid poker player, so there you go. This F1 isnt a crib though for rookies, and Vitaly needs to learn mentally that the drivers are hardly ever friends, and has to rely on himself to get the most out of his car.



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