F1 rookie is too fat

Renault rookie Vitaly Petrov has admitted that his goal is to see the chequered flag, after enduring three DNFs in the first three grands prix of his top flight career – as it emerges that the Russian has been instructed by his team to lose some weight to bring him more in line with similarly tall but 10kg lighter team-mate Robert Kubica.

Against all expectations, Renault currently sit a commendable fifth in the constructors’ standings, but all 30 of the outfit’s points have been notched up by former Canadian GP-winner Kubica.

The Pole finished a superb second in Melbourne and a strong fourth in Sepang last weekend, but Petrov by contrast has yet to reach the finish line at all, having exited the fray due to suspension failure in Bahrain, a spin in Australia and gearbox woes in Malaysia – making him one of only three drivers in the field not to have made it to the end of any of the three races.

There are also still some issues with the 25-year-old’s qualifying pace, after he started from the ninth row of the grid in his first two outings while Kubica made the top 10. Eleventh place in Sepang did mark something of an step forwards, however – and Petrov’s blistering starts, overtaking prowess and fighting spirit have undoubtedly caught the eye, particularly his gutsy and dogged refusal to let former F1 World Champ Lewis Hamilton go in Malaysia.

“We’re improving the car all the time and some new aerodynamic parts are working,” said the man dubbed the ‘Vyborg Rocket’. “The car has improved a lot, but we need more time to understand where we are and to improve more for the next races. At the moment we’re still not as quick as we want to be, but we’re working on that.

“Everything is different [between GP2 – in which Petrov finished as runner-up in 2009 – and F1], not just things like the acceleration and braking. It’s another world, with people working all the time and pushing very hard. It’s possible to improve all parts of the car all the time. It’s going OK, but we’re yet to finish a race, so we have to do that to understand things properly. [To score points in] Barcelona would be difficult, but we can always try.”

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It is not so much the extra 10kg in the car they are concerned about. It is the fact that he has a “Muffin-Top” at the gym.

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Petrov is a good driver and in the future it will show performance!Any predicts for Shanghai? P.S Go Lewis!

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too fat? and they say Button is too tall!

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Go KUBICA!

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Lucky it’s a male driver and not a female, she would have strangled the team for saying such a thing and letting the media know about it! lol

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I think a female F1 driver would be really hot. She’d have to be good though, not rubbish like Danica Patrick.

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Stig’s Wild Cousin: Talk about a non-sequiter. You might be right, though…

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@Stig’s Wild Cousin

I wouldn’t call Danica Patrick rubbish… she never won a race, but she finished in the top 2 and top 3 many times… don’t forget, before last year, mark webber never won a race in f1 and he’s been there for ages.

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Go for it, anorexic Fi drivers just like models, justice at last!

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She won Motegi, and she’s pretty much always top ten. Besides, looking like that, who cares how she drives? Piquet jr had a lot of female fans as well.
But the weight issue would indeed be an issue with women drivers…
On topic: Kubica looks quite gaunt to me. Like in modelling, someone ought to do something about it.
And I’m turning into a Petrov fan I think. He’s a terrierlike driver, I like that.

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@Stig’s Wild Cousin:

Yeap.. I believe a female F1 driver would be a great idea for the sponsors. Perhaps USF1 will come with one next year. She isn’t supposed to know how to drive… maybe Scarlet Johansson is available.. (to race)
Go Hamilton!

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Petrov needs to make it to the finish line?Needs to lose 10kg?He needs to lose himself in the desert!Better to have Jessica Alba on the track.She may not be a good driver but she is good to look at!
GET HIM OFF THE TRACK!!!!

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jesicca alba. you gotta be joking

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Are you serious.Jessica Alba

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Are you serious.Jessica Alba?

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