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'One of those' races for Petrov

Vitaly Petrov rues missed opportunity in Monaco

Vitaly Petrov was disappointed following the Monaco Grand Prix and felt events conspired to deny him a good result.

Petrov made a decent start in his Caterham, but had stop early on for a new nose after getting caught up in the mêlée at St Devote.

Although he could continue after that, mechanical issues forced him out about ten or so laps later. It was his second retirement of the season.

“I made a good start and passed a few cars but then a Sauber came right across me and hit me as we were going into turn 1,” Petrov recalled. “I could immediately feel a problem with the front wing so we gave it a couple of laps to see how bad the damage was but then had to pit for a new nose on lap 3.

“From that point I was pushing as hard as I could but then I had a low battery warning light on the dash and from that point my race was pretty much over. My engineer told me to box on lap 16 with an electrical failure and that was the end of the race.

“It's a real shame as I was in a strong position after my good start and as the car has felt good all weekend I would have been in with a chance of finishing really well, but these things happen in motor racing.”

Team boss Tony Fernandes meanwhile was impressed with the Russian's form over the weekend.

"For Vitaly today will go down as one of those races. It was good to see him how disappointed he was to be forced out by something out of his control though as it proves how hungry he is to help us keep pushing forwards.

“But he has had another good weekend with us and I am sure the luck will turn for him soon,” he added.

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26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
26.05.2012-  Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
24.05.2012- Free Practice 2,  Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
24.05.2012- Free Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
11.05.2012- Free Practice 2, Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01

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