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Petrov 'safe' for 2012

8 September 2011

Vitaly Petrov says he is safe in his Renault drive for the 2012 season, despite the team's decision to put Bruno Senna into a race seat for the remainder of the current campaign.

Senna replaced Nick Heidfeld at Spa and will now race alongside the Russian for the remainder of the season after Heidfeld was released from his contract – having joined Renault at the start of the year as a substitute for the injured Robert Kubica.

With Kubica targeting a return to the sport next season if he is able to recover from the injuries he sustained in his rallying accident back in February and Senna also keen to make his current race deal more long-term, questions had been asked about whether or not Petrov could be left to stand aside.

However, speaking in Monza ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, Petrov insisted he had no worries about his future and would be on the grid for a third season in 2012.

“My contract is safe for next year,” he said. “I think if he [Senna] beats me, it would be all good, but to me it doesn't matter. I'll just drive like normal and we'll see.

"I think that everything is fine at the moment. I think we don't miss anything. Last year when we had Robert here it was more important but now I understand everything we need to do. Like you saw last week in qualifying there were some problems but we had a good race apart from the problem with the failed brake, but I didn't change anything."