Vitaly Petrov's manager has revealed that talks are ongoing about trying to find the Russian a seat for the 2012 F1 season – despite that fact that all twelve teams have now named two drivers for the year ahead.
Petrov found himself without a drive after being dropped by Renault at the end of the 2011 season, with the team – now known as Lotus – electing to sign Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean instead.
Since then, Petrov has been linked with a move to Caterham in a deal that would see Jarno Trulli ousted from his seat but although she refused to comment on that speculation, Oksana Kosachenko revealed she was still trying to find her man a drive.
“His [Petrov's] main task is not negotiating, because he is not presenting there,” she told RIA Novosti
. “He doesn't even know whom I am negotiating with yet. His main task is to be fit and prepared at any moment to jump into the car and deliver the result.
“Of course, he is not very comfortable because we expected [sponsors] to move a little bit faster. Without these decisions, we cannot move forward.”
HRT's decision to go with Narain Karthikeyan alongside Pedro de la Rosa has closed one door, although Kosachenko said there were other options she had already been looking into.
“I would say, at the moment I have some other options,” she said. “I'm concentrating more on looking at those options.
"If, within the next few days, we don't succeed, we are going to talk to some other series and probably we are going to talk to Pirelli as well. There were no negotiations with Pirelli yet.”