Vitaly Petrov has said he is going to have to be 'right at the top of his game' for the inaugural Indian GP.

The Lotus Renault GP pilot goes into the 17th round in the F1 2011 World Championship on the back-foot having picked up a reprimand and more significantly, a five-place grid penalty in Korea for his collision with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher on lap 16.

Despite that though, he is still looking forward to the event and getting out on the Buddh International Circuit.

"It will be quite challenging for the teams and drivers because it is a new track where no-one has raced before," said the Russian.

"That was the same story in Korea two years ago so I know it's quite a tricky scenario.

"I have prepared in many ways though and racing in India will be a refreshing challenge. As a new circuit, it is a level playing field for everyone.

"Sometimes the car will be very good straight out of the box, sometimes not, so it's difficult to know what will happen until you complete your first laps.

"When I saw the layout of the circuit I said it would be quite difficult, but for the last two races we have shown good performance even if we didn't always achieve the results we were capable of."

"We will arrive a little earlier than we would for a circuit we already know. Regrettably, I am going to be starting with a five position penalty, due to the incident with Michael in Korea, so I will have to be right at the top of my game," he added.

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