The first Russian Formula 1 driver, Vitaly Petrov has joined Caterham F1 Team (formerly, Team Lotus) in 2012, the team announced. Vitaly Petrov, who had a podium finish for Lotus Renault GP Team (now, Lotus F1 Team) at Australian Grand Prix in March 2011, will first drive Caterham CT01 car at pre-season tests in Barcelona next week. Vitaly Petrov‘s fomer team’s car and Caterham‘s car are both powered by Renault engines. 27 years-old Vitaly Petrov will drive alongside Heikki Kovalainen, replacing Jarno Trulli.
Vitaly Petrov made his Formula 1 debut with Renault F1 in 2010, finishing 13th with 27 points. In 2011, Vitaly Petrov was 10th in the driver’s standings with 37 points.
Vitaly Petrov manager Oksana Kosachenko should have made quite an effort to convince Vitaly Petrov‘s sponsors to support him in Formula 1. In 2011, Vitaly Petrov‘s sponsors included State Corporation “Russian Technologies” (Lada car) and SIBUR Holding. In 2012, SIBUR will sponsor Vitaly Petrov at Caterham F1.
Caterham F1 Team is headed by the Malaysian businessmen Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun. Caterham F1 Team made its Formula 1 debut in 2010 as Lotus Racing. Renamed Team Lotus in 2011, it was 10th in the constructor’s standings.
2014 Winter Olympics city Sochi is going to host Russian Grand Prix in 2014. One of Formula 1 teams, Marussia F1 Team is Russian.
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