Petrov more than a pay driver

Vitaly Petrov may be helping to foot Renault F1’s Formula 1 bill for the 2010 season, but there is more to the Russian than money, according to his manager.

Oksana Kossatschenko is frustrated that GP2 Series graduate Petrov is being widely labelled as a ‘pay driver’ after landing the second Renault seat alongside Robert Kubica. Although she confirms that the Russian has contributed £13.5 million to Renault’s fighting fund this year, Kossatschenko claims that there are other reasons why the French outfit would have been interested in hiring him.

“Vitaly has not come into F1 because of the money, but because of the strategic interests of various companies, and because of his driving talent,” said Kossatschenko. “In Vitaly’s career, there have been tempting offers that we have turned down when we realised that the teams didn’t want the driver, only his money. But he was at the right place in the right moment [this year], when Renault was expanding its partnership and Russian production with Avtovaz.

“F1 is a business. The team has a budget of just over €200 million, but the [Renault] group owns only 25 per cent of the shares and so cannot cover the budget. The team wants to expand into Russia and Petrov is the key for them. For F1, Russia is a white sheet of paper.”

Renault is hoping that Petrov and Kubica can provide a new dawn following two years of poor results, despite having a driver of Fernando Alonso’s quality on board. Although the squad took two wins in 2008, one was subsequently sullied by the Singapore ‘crash-gate’ affair, while Alonso managed just a single podium in 2009.

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So… it IS about money then? Or rather, about money AND his links with Russia?

Sugar-coated words. Something about lipstick and pig?

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All that “paid driver” buzz is just ridiculous. Most of the newcomers came with sponsors. Nobody cares now, that Schumi was Mercedes protege to start in a Benetton, and Alonso started in F1 only because half of Spain paid for that, huh?
And Petrov is the only Russian not to have RedBull and Lukoil money for his career, he was racing on his father’s costs for 9 years and proved something.

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the decision was obviously business and politically orientated. Nonetheless Petrov has proven these last years to be a quick driver and his uncommon background proves he has a stiff learning curve.

He is a man to watch but we should give him time

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“Kossatschenko” could just be Kossachenko, you don’t neet all those extra letters ;)

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Petrov is ugly

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It is difficult to say if he is the one to watch. But his team is certainly the one to watch. I think that Kubica had much more competitive times than anyone could expect. For sure I didn’t expect that. Last year they were engaged 100% in crushgate and still they have managed to build proper car without proper leadership.

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Funny how Lada are now sponsoring Renault now. I really really hope though that Lada dont buy the Renault F1 team.

If Petrov was good enough he wouldnt need to pay. Like Hulkenburg who beat Petrov in GP2.

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“Strategic interests of various companies” must refer to Lada not only sponsoring, but also supplying material and their know-how.

Eddie Jordan admits that he hired Michael Schumacher for his money in ’92. He says that he “would like to say that he hired Schumacher for his tallent, but I admits that I simply needed the money.” Well, that work out, a bit (for Benetton & Ferrari).

Petrov looking into the camera like that makes me feel uneased – like a psychotic shark sociopath axe-murderous russian gangster ready to stab you in the throat. Or maybe a cute fluffy kitten – I don’t know.

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You know that article that said Jenson was afraid of the sun… well I think Petrov might be too he looks like Nosferatu!

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agreed – scary pic: Petrov looks like he’s gonna go Hulk on everybody’s ass any time soon :P

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Ohh, look at his Russian stare…. Scawrwy!!

But I haven’t actually heard anything about of from him. at all, he seems to never overtake anyone or be overtaken, or do well in quali or do bad in quali.

he needs more coverage

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Was that blonde in Petrov’s garage his mother,she looks very nice.

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to peewee 66 the blond one is his manager.

Petrov is a great driver. If it wasn’t to all that retirements (because of this car problems) he would certainly have some point know. at the start of every track he always gained position about 7 in the first one, 8 in the second one and 2 in this one. that shows how good he is and even he showed his power with Hamilton and to get rid of him Hamilton had to use some incorrect measurements (a penalty had to be given to Hamilton for that move)

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^^ The, well I suppose the now (in)famous, defensive driving from Hamilton in the Malaysian GP is a tricky one to judge. Petrov did get a little off line through the last corner so Lewis snuck up the inside and took the position, Petrov then made a come back and Lewis maybe over defended his place a little bit too much, hence the warning. Petrov should’ve thrown Lewis a “dummy” and just went down the inside into Turn 1 instead of the outside. In either case they get paid to race and that’s exactly what we got.

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