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Hembery plays down Petrov talk

Paul Hembery says Pirelli isn't about to do a deal with Vitaly Petrov
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has downplayed talk that Vitaly Petrov is set to sign up as Pirelli's official test driver.

The Russian driver's appearance at the launch of Pirelli's 2012 tyres in Abu Dhabi had let to talk speculation that he could be taking up a test driver role after his departure from Lotus Renault.

Comments from Petrov's manager had fuelled that speculation [See separate story HERE] but Hembery insists that no deal with Petrov is currently in the pipeline.

"Is Vitaly confirmed as a reserve driver for Pirelli until March 2012? No," he wrote on Twitter in response to a question from an F1 fan.

"Just to clarify Vitaly is here as a guest, we do not have a test car never mind talking test drivers. So no truth in rumours."

Petrov has been linked with Jarno Trulli's drive at Caterham.



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