Vitaly Petrov

 
In the 2002 Lada Cup Russia series, he managed to win all 5 races bagging the maximum possible 500 points |  Petrov's F1 drive was announced in Valencia where he has won thrice on its street circuits. Incidentally, each of his three victories have come in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  |  His first ever racing car was a Lada, but first road car was Volkswagen Golf 1.2 |  Away from the track he enjoys martial arts like Judo and Taekwondo |  He collects packs of playing cards from the places he has visited around the world |  After finishing his Formula 1 career he wants to be a rally driver |  His sporting hero is Muhammad Ali |  He was recently included in the top ten list of most attractive single men in Russia by a lifestyle magazine

FACTFILE

Name: Vitaly Petrov
Nickname: Vyborg Rocket
DOB: Sep 8 1984
Place Of Birth: Vyborg
Nationality: Russian
Most Races For: Renault - 38
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PROFILE
Vitaly Petrov

With the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for 2014 and Formula 1 having the likes of a Russian team in Marussia, all that was left to complete the package was a driver.

In came Vitaly Petrov at Caterham, replacing Jarno Trulli ahead of only the second pre-season test for 2012, securing a drive in what would be his third year in the sport.

The Russian driver, a first from his country, made his F1 debut with Renault in 2010 and after numerous inconsistent performances , he shone at the season-finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that year.

At the Yas Marina circuit, Petrov ensured that he stayed ahead of Fernando Alonso, a favourite to win the title, to finish sixth. That was enough to deny the Ferrari driver his third title but earned plenty of accolades for Petrov and he took that form to the following season as well.

The team, now renamed as Lotus, provided a competitive car in 2011 and Petrov climbed on the podium at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

His performances however started dipping midway through the season as rival teams caught up with the Enstone-based outfit with Petrov finishing the year on a damp squib. The results meant that he was dropped for the following year.

But for 2012, he made a surprise return with Caterham and although the team is yet to offer any substantial promise, Petrov has got another opportunity to revive his career.


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
2010Renault13th19000127
2011Renault10th19001037
2012Caterham19th1900000
Total 57001164

Vitaly Petrov - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Vitaly Petrov - Season Performance

According to stats...

  • In the 2002 Lada Cup Russia series, he managed to win all 5 races bagging the maximum possible 500 points
  • Petrov's F1 drive was announced in Valencia where he has won thrice on its street circuits. Incidentally, each of his three victories have come in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • His first ever racing car was a Lada, but first road car was Volkswagen Golf 1.2
  • Away from the track he enjoys martial arts like Judo and Taekwondo
  • He collects packs of playing cards from the places he has visited around the world
  • After finishing his Formula 1 career he wants to be a rally driver
  • His sporting hero is Muhammad Ali
  • He was recently included in the top ten list of most attractive single men in Russia by a lifestyle magazine

QUOTES ON VITALY PETROV

Of course, (you) fight him (Michael Schumacher). It's racing. It's like when you with fight in boxing with your friend, you will hit him

- Vitaly Petrov




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