F1 »

Petrov 'ready to work' ahead of Caterham debut

Vitaly Petrov has said that he is ready to make up for lost time as he prepares for his first outing with the Caterham team at this week's Barcelona F1 group test.
Vitaly Petrov says he is delighted to have found a berth on this year's F1 grid, admitting that it had been a long wait before anything could be confirmed.

The Russian, who was dropped by the Lotus Renault team at the end of 2011, had been linked with several teams, and also with tyre supplier Pirelli, before finally being confirmed as Jarno Trulli's replacement at Caterham. While his manager continually hinted at various outcomes to the riddle of where her client may appear, Petrov kept his counsel, but admits that it was hard to see the weeks go by without a deal being confirmed.

"The winter was quite difficult for me," he told Sky Sports, "It was a long winter, [as] I was waiting three months before announcing what I will do in the future. Now I am much more happy."

Having missed the opening test of the pre-season at Jerez, Petrov will hope to make up for lost time when he joins new team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in Barcelona for this week's four-day session.

"We have a very short time to prepare for the next test in Barcelona and I need still to analyse what the team did last week in Jerez," he admitted, "I'm ready to work."

Although he recorded his first podium and contributed equally to Lotus Renault's constructors' championship tally last season, Petrov accepts that he still needs to establish himself in F1, but insists that Caterham will provide an ideal platform with which to build a reputation.

"I will improve with a new team like Caterham," he noted, "They have a big future and, as you saw in the last two years, they are improving every year. They have KERS [in 2012] and, in August, will move to a new factory. I like what they are doing and I like to be part of this team. [It] looks really strong and [has] a big ambition for the future.

"I like the way the people are working inside this team. You can see they want to win - they want to come and be top ten guys - and they do everything [to] improve the car."

Of course, Petrov is realistic enough to accept that joining Caterham is unlikely to provide a repeat of the podium he claimed in last season's opening round in Melbourne, but hopes that the team, which has spent the past two years putting distance between itself and fellow 2010 newcomers Marussia and HRT, can begin to threaten for points.

"My best memory is, of course, my podium, [but] now we come with Caterham for the first grand prix and will try to show from the beginning of the year a good result," he concluded.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
10.02.2012 Jerez, Spain, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Caterham Team   - Formula 1 Testing, day 1 - Formula 1 World Championship
09.02.2012 Jerez, Spain, Caterham F1 Team   - Formula 1 Testing, day 1 - Formula 1 World Championship
Vitaly Petrov - Caterham F1   [pic credit: Caterham F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Manor Racing goup photo, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver and Zak Brown (USA) McLaren Executive Director
27.11.2016 - Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver and Zak Brown (USA) McLaren Executive Director
27.11.2016 - Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing MRT05, Test Driver
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing MRT05, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
26.11.2016 - Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Zak Brown (USA) McLaren Executive Director and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.