Vitaly Petrov will not be a candidate for the newly-vacated seat at Marussia, if quotes from manager Oksana Kosachenko are to be believed.
Although previous statements from the Russian, including those all but announcing Petrov's exit from F1 at the end of 2012, have often proved to be wide of the mark, Kosachenko insists that her client's only negotiations are with Caterham. Those talks, she claimed last week, had now broken down and Petrov's future now rested entirely on the team for whom he rescued tenth place in the constructors' table – at the expense of Marussia – in the Brazilian GP finale last November.
"The Petrov situation depends on management decisions at Caterham,” Kosachenko told F1News.ru, ”There are no negotiations with Marussia.”
The connection between Petrov and Marussia was perhaps too good to be true, given their common nationality and the fact that the former Lotus and Caterham driver could bring a pot of Russian money to Banbury. Timo Glock's exit from the team, confirmed by Marussia on Monday morning [21 January], was blamed on the tough economic situation facing F1 teams, meaning that only drivers with substantial backing need apply for the chance to partner rookie Max Chilton in the line-up this season.
As well as Petrov, Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari and Bruno Senna have all be mentioned as possible candidates to replace Glock, as has Luiz Razia, who expressed his disappointment at hearing of Chilton's deal but mentioned at the time that the situation at Marussia could still change...