Vitaly Petrov has point to prove in Formula One


Vitaly Petrov heads into a new phase of his Formula One career this weekend with a point to prove.

Petrov appeared to be on Formula One's scrapheap at the end of last season after being ditched by Renault - now Lotus from this campaign - following two years in the sport.

Not even the welter of Russian sponsors he introduced to the team on the back of his arrival could spare him from the axe.

In the eyes of team owner Gerard Lopez and team principal Eric Boullier, his results were simply not good enough, leading to a parting of the ways.

With all seats taken heading into pre-season testing, the 27-year-old seemed destined to look on from the sidelines this campaign.

Caterham, however, were manoeuvring behind the scenes to replace Jarno Trulli with Petrov, a feat they achieved a few weeks ago.

Although given a shock reprieve, Petrov believes that after being unfairly dumped by Renault, he has a chance to show Boullier and Lopez they were wrong to get rid of him.

"It was a difficult winter because I was told quite late they no longer wanted me because I was quite sure before they had said they did," Petrov told Press Association Sport.

"But my head never dropped. I always thought something would happen. I was quite clear in my mind to prepare for this year.

"Obviously, I am grateful to Caterham helping me"

Petrov has naturally disputed strong accusations from Lopez who has suggested the Russian felt his seat was safe with the sponsors from his homeland on board.

Lopez has also claimed that in losing his seat at Renault, Petrov would now raise his game.

"No, but it has made me stronger inside," added Petrov ahead of this weekend's season-opening grand prix in Australia.

"And it's not right what he said about the sponsors. I thought he (Lopez) was quite happy with my driving, that he knew I had speed.

"But I can't look back. I know what I did well and not so well, and I have shown my career in Formula One is not finished.

"I now want to prove to a lot of people I am not just a driver, but a good driver."

Petrov appreciates, however, life at Caterham - who are yet to score a point in F1 - will not be easy as they aim to propel themselves towards midfield.

Far from contesting for points, as was the case during his two years with Renault, Petrov's brief will be to help the team grow and develop and hopefully break that points duck.

"I've two years of experience that I bring to this team, and they have been in Formula One for two years so they know what they are doing," said Petrov.

"We don't have to focus on trying to collect the first point this year.

"We just have to focus on working the same way as we have done the past two years, to continue to improve the car, like they have with KERS, moving to the new factory.

"This team is getting bigger and bigger, they have a big future, and they have to continue to work the same way towards that.

"Of course, I know how it feels to want to get that first point, and for this team it must feel the same.

"So if I could bring them one point I would be more than happy."


peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Harry Redknapp. Mark Hughes and Ryan Shawcross
footballNews and updates as Queens Park Rangers host the Potters
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
New Articles
i100... with this review
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam