Petrov Sticking With Lotus Renault Until 2012
VIRY-CHATILLON, France — Russian Vitaly Petrov isn’t going anywhere in 2011 after signing a two-year contract extension to remain with the recently rebranded Lotus Renault GP in the Formula One World Championship.
“I am very happy to continue with the team and proud to be representing Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 and 2012 seasons,” said Petrov, who has just completed his rookie with the team. “I learned a lot about the sport, the circuits and the car this year. That will help me improve even more in the future. I am very excited about working with this great team once more, and I’m confident that I will deliver. In many ways, 2010 was about learning. 2011 will be about performing. Today, I feel I am ready to rise to this challenge.”
In his first year of Formula One competition, Petrov earned 27 points with a best finish of fifth during the Grand Prix of Hungary at the Hungaroing. In 2010 Petrov became the first Russian born driver to run the full Formula One schedule. He was 13th in the series standings. He will run as a teammate to Robert Kubica again next year.
“We are very pleased to confirm that Vitaly will be staying with us for 2011 and 2012, in order that both he and the team can build on a promising 2010 campaign,” said Eric Boullier, team principal. “The entire team has been working flat out over the past months to improve our competitiveness, and a stable driver line-up is essential to achieving our targets. Robert Kubica provides a remarkable benchmark for both speed and consistency, and we are certain that Vitaly will move closer to this level of performance next year.”