The Grand Evening to open festivities at the Grand Prix du Canada
Petrov debuted for Renault in 2010 and 2011, switching to Caterham this year to replace Jarno Trulli.
Vitaly Petrov will almost certainly contest Russia’s inaugural grand prix at Sochi in 2014, his manager Oksana Kosachenko has revealed. But whether the 28-year-old will still be on the grid next season is a different matter, with Rusnovosti reporting that staying at Caterham in 2013 appears “unlikely” for Petrov.
Karun Chandhok insists he has no regrets despite having to look back on a short formula one career.
With F1 returning to his native India this weekend, thee 28-year-old insists he is not disappointed that his new foray is sports car racing. Chandhok raced part of the season for HRT in 2010 until he switched to Caterham (then Lotus) as reserve driver, even standing in for Jarno Trulli in Germany mid last season.
Jarno Trulli turned down an offer to return to formula one in 2013 — in the commentary box.
That is the claim of the German-language Speed Week, reporting that the veteran of 256 grands prix, who lost his Caterham seat ahead of this season, was sounded out by new Italian broadcaster Sky to travel to next year’s 20 races as a television pundit.
Vitaly Petrov’s formula one career is in crisis, after his manager called off talks with prospective teams over a 2013 race seat.
Oksana Kosachenko told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti that the former Renault and now Caterham driver’s sponsorship funds have dried up. She said recently she was in talks about 2013 with three or four teams.
A new setting and an exceptional show to highlight the third edition
F1 Grand Prix du Canada “The Grand Evening”: Festive Montreal Summer at Its Best, returning Thursday June 7. On Thursday, June 7, Montreal will once again play host to the most exclusive event of the summer’s social calendar with the presentation of “The Grand Evening”, the official opening event of the 2012 Grand Prix du Canada, which will benefit local charities.
One race into the 2012 season, the Italian press has already named a candidate for beleaguered Ferrari driver Felipe Massa’s seat.
On notice by the famous team and with an expiring contract, the Brazilian driver had a nightmare 2012 opener in Australia. Mika Salo, the 1999 Ferrari substitute driver, told broadcaster MTV3 that Massa’s performance, “compared to Alonso’s, was very poor”. Autosprint, the Italian weekly, has suggested the out-of-work grand prix winner Jarno Trulli is available to step in immediately to replace Massa.
The sports daily Marca described the attitude as Alonso “seeing the glass half-full”.
Fernando Alonso kept up a positive outlook on Sunday despite some Italian newspapers describing Ferrari’s situation as a “crisis”. Melbourne qualifying confirmed the famous team’s winter woes, but Spaniard Alonso fared better in the race.
Petrov insists Alonso also a ‘pay-driver’
Caterham’s team boss insists Vitaly Petrov is just as good as the experienced grand prix winner he replaced. Just ahead of the 2012 season, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes decided to oust former Monaco grand prix winner Jarno Trulli with Russian Petrov, the well-sponsored Russian and former Renault driver.
Fernando Alonso has ruled out ever becoming a ‘pay-driver’ in formula one.
The Spaniard, a two-time world champion and now entering his third consecutive season with Ferrari, is believed to be the sport’s current highest earner. But recent economic conditions have seen retainers become lower throughout the grid, while seasoned drivers like Rubens Barrichello, Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil have been left without seats as ‘pay-drivers’ gain the upper hand.
The Italian press has pointed the finger at Vitaly Petrov’s “rubles” as Jarno Trulli races out of formula one.
Replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect
Caterham F1 Team has today announced that Vitaly Petrov has joined the team as race driver, replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect. The Russian was at the Anglo-Malaysian team’s factory in Hingham on Friday 17th February for a seat fitting ahead of his first run with the team at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, 21st to 24th February.
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