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Alesi: Sponsor swung it for Grosjean

"It has been pretty amazing to be honest, just to get a real chance in F1. These guys gave me that chance to be in a much better position than I was at this time last year. They gave me a great chance to prove what I can do and, on quite a few occasions, I have been very competitive, so it's good to know that, in a competitive car, I can turn it out in F1. I'm looking forward to next year."

The Brazilian could form another emotional bond should he get the chance to join Williams, where his famous uncle had his career ended in tragedy, but appears behind Adrian Sutil on the waiting list to partner Pastor Maldonado. A return to HRT, where he began his F1 adventure, would be thought unlikely.

Petrov, meanwhile, also expects to remain in F1, with manager Oksana Kosachenko revealing that the Russian will be helped by his erstwhile employer, with whom he had a year of his contract to run.

“I stress that we have an excellent relationship with the Lotus Renault team and, together with them, we have now come up with another programme for Vitaly, which we'll announce before the New Year," Kosachenko told the Ria Novosti news agency, “It's not the end of Petrov's career, but his transition into a new phase.”

While Kosachenko has confirmed talks with two unnamed F1 teams, the strongest paddock rumour links Petrov with Marussia for 2012, purely on the basis of their common nationality. Should the Russian wind up joining the backmarker, it would likely be in place of veteran Timo Glock, who only confirmed a 'multi-year' extension to his deal with the team at the German Grand Prix in July. GP2 racewinner Charles Pic was announced as Marussia's second driver for 2012 shortly after the completion of the Brazilian GP, the Frenchman replacing Jerome d'Ambrosio, who could now link up with Lotus Renault as a potential reserve driver.



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24.11.2011- Team Picture, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
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09.04.2011- Saturday Practice, Jean Alesi (FRA)
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25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA), Test Driver, Lotus Renault GP, R31
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07.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
07.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
07.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
07.09.2014 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
07.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
07.09.2014 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
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SouvikB - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:53 PM

@Taz, so how do you reckon a driver becomes best in the world? By dropping out of a mother's womb and immediately racking world championships or through a stable environment where he can continue learning.No one is a born F1 racer.They have to practice.Michael put in more hours practicing and testing his car than even the test driver for the team.Button was nobody a few years ago,before he got a chance of his life with Brawn and full credit to him for grabbing the opportunity.Do you think before 2009 anyone would have considered Button as one of the best in the world?But today people can't stop singing his praises.He got to that level because he had a stable environment to work and learn.For what opportunity Bruno was given I think he did admirably.And don't tell me he was decimated by Klein because even Ayrton didn't qualify for one race at the beginning of his career and his teammate did.That didn't stop him from becoming the best in the world now did it?



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