Vitaly Alexandrovich Petrov
|Formula 1 world championship|
|First start:||2010 Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Last start:||2012 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|2010–2011 Renault • 2012 Caterham|
|World Cup balance:||World Cup tenth ( 2011 )|
|World Cup points :||64|
|Leadership laps :||-|
|First race:||Hockenheim 2014|
|2014 Mücke ( Mercedes )|
Vitaly Alexandrowitsch Petrov ( Russian Виталий Александрович Петров , English transcription Vitaly Petrov ; born September 8, 1984 in Vyborg ) is a Russian racing driver . He was active in the GP2 series from 2006 to 2009 and was runner-up in this championship in 2009. From 2010 to 2012 he competed in Formula 1 . In 2014 he started in the DTM .
Beginnings in motorsport
Petrov started his motorsport career in 2001 in the Russian Lada Cup, which he won the following year. In 2002 he also drove one race each in the Russian VW Polo Cup and the Formula RUS . In 2003 he competed in both the Formula Renault 2000 Masters and the Italian Formula Renault . He also contested individual races in the British Formula Renault and the Euro Formula 3000 . He finished fourth in the British Formula Renault winter series. In 2004 he again took part in some races of the Italian Formula Renault, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Euro Formula 3000. In the following year, Petrov drove back to Russia and was able to win both the Russian Formula 1600 and the Lada Revolution series there.
In 2006 Petrov switched back to the Euro Formula 3000, which was now called the Euroseries 3000. With the car of the racing team Euronova Racing he won four races and was third in the drivers' championship with 72 points. From the end of July 2006 he also drove for the David Price Racing team , where he replaced Olivier Pla in the GP2 series . But he couldn't score any points and finished 28th overall. He also took part in two races of the F3000 International Masters . In 2007 he was promoted completely to the GP2 series and started as a teammate of Giorgio Pantano for the Spanish racing team Campos Grand Prix . Petrow was inferior to his team-mate, who was third in the drivers' standings, in most races and finished 13th overall at the end of the season. His highlight of the season was a win in Valencia , where he celebrated a double win for Campos with Pantano. He also took part in individual races in the Le Mans Series and the International Formula Masters . In addition, he competed in the 2007 Le Mans 24-hour race in the LMP2 class, but could not finish the race.
In the first season of the GP2 Asia series , Petrow started again for Campos. He won at Sepang and took third place in the drivers' championship. In the regular GP2 series, Petrov stayed with Campos in 2008 . At the start of the season he dominated his teammate Ben Hanley . For the fourth race weekend, Hanley, who had not met expectations, was replaced by the then GP2 runner-up, Lucas di Grassi . Di Grassi showed good performances quickly and was usually faster than Petrov. Petrow won the first race on the new Valencia Street Circuit . He inherited the victory from Giorgio Pantano , who was in the lead on the last lap due to lack of fuel. It was his second win in GP2. He took both wins in Valencia, but on different racetracks. Petrov stood on the podium three times. In the overall ranking he reached seventh place with 39 points.
In the GP2 Asia Series season 2008/2009 Petrow went again for Campos Grand Prix at the start. After the beginning of the season did not go so well, a turning point occurred on the race weekend in Losail : After finishing third in the main race, Petrov was second in the sprint race. With his team-mate Sergio Pérez winning the race, Campos Grand Prix scored a double victory. On the following race weekend in Sepang, Petrov won the sprint race. In the overall standings, Petrov finished fifth at the end of the season.
In 2009 Petrow denied his fourth season in the GP2 series and started for Barwa Addax , the successor team of Campos Grand Prix. At the beginning of the season, Petrow was overshadowed by his teammate Romain Grosjean , but after a win in Istanbul he temporarily took the lead in the championship before Grosjean. After Grosjean left the team for Formula 1 , the Russian became the new number one in the team. Petrow, who had his new team-mate Davide Valsecchi under control and who celebrated another victory in Valencia, retained the chance of winning the title, but had to admit defeat to Nico Hulkenberg one race weekend before the end and secured the runner-up title on the last race weekend.
In 2010 , Petrov made his Formula 1 debut as Robert Kubica's team-mate with the Renault team. This made him the first Russian driver in Formula 1 history. Together, the two form the first Eastern European Formula 1 driver duo. Petrov succeeded his former GP2 teammate Grosjean at Renault. According to press reports, he had to pay 15 million euros for his cockpit before the start of the season. One half was taken over by his father Alexander, who took out a loan, the other half was still outstanding. After Vladimir Putin agreed to support the Russian government on March 1, Renault signed a contract with the Russian automaker Lada on March 4 , which sponsored the team.
After failing to cross the finish line in the first three races, Petrow crossed the finish line for the first time in the fourth race in China and took his first championship points in seventh place. At the Turkish Grand Prix , it initially looked like the Russian would have more points. However, after a contact with Fernando Alonso in which he damaged a tire, he had to complete another pit stop and fell back. With the new tires, however, he managed to set his first fastest lap in Formula 1. At the Hungarian Grand Prix he was faster than Kubica in qualifying for the first time and in the race he achieved his best result of the season with fifth place. Petrow showed another good performance at the season finale in Abu Dhabi . After the safety car hit the track on the first lap, the Renault driver decided on a different strategy and made his pit stop early. After Alonso, who had led the world championship before the race, also stopped, Petrov was in front of the Spaniard. As in Turkey, there was a position battle between the two, but this time the Russian managed to keep his opponent behind him for over 30 laps to the finish. The Renault driver finished in sixth place. In doing so, he indirectly helped Sebastian Vettel , who was able to take over the leadership of the world championship from Alonso and win the title. At the end of the season he finished 13th in the drivers' championship. Internally he was clearly defeated by Kubica with 27 to 136 points.
On December 22, 2010 Renault announced the extension of the contract with Petrov for two more years. 2011 was Nick Heidfeld his new teammate after Kubica seriously injured in a rally and long-term failed. At the season opener in Australia , Petrov achieved his first podium finish in Formula 1 with a third place. In the second race in Malaysia , Petrow was initially back in the points. A ride out during which he tore off his steering wheel, however, ended his race prematurely. After two more points, Petrov had a serious accident at the sixth race, the Monaco Grand Prix , because of which the race was interrupted. He did not sustain any serious injuries. One race later in Canada he finished in fifth place. In the subsequent races he only scored four more times and never got beyond ninth place. At the Belgian Grand Prix he got a new team-mate in Bruno Senna . The duel with Heidfeld was relatively even at this point and Heidfeld was two points ahead of Petrow. Petrov finally finished the season in tenth place.
Although Petrov had a contract with the Renault team for the 2012 season , which started this season under the name Lotus F1 Team , he was fired in early December 2011 and replaced by Romain Grosjean. Petrov moved to Caterham , where he was introduced as a pilot in mid-February. There he replaced Jarno Trulli , who originally had a contract with the racing team for the 2012 season. After he was eliminated in the first race, he reached the Grand Prix of Malaysia in 16th place. At the European Grand Prix , Petrow was meanwhile in the points and achieved his best result of the season with a 13th place. At the British Grand Prix , he did not start on the grid due to technical problems in the lap. At the last race of the season in Brazil , he achieved his best result of the season with an eleventh place. This made Petrov the best-placed pilot who remained without points. At the end of the season he finished 19th in the drivers' championship.
Statistics in the GP2 series
|season||team||No.||run||Pole positions||Victories||Points||Overall rating|
|2006||David Price Racing||20th||8th||0||0||0||29|
|2008 (Asia)||Campos Grand Prix||05||10||1||1||33||3.|
|2008||Campos Grand Prix||05||20th||0||1||39||7th|
|2008/2009 (Asia)||Campos Grand Prix||05||11||0||1||28||5.|
Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship
|2010||Renault F1 Team||Renault R30||Renault 2.4 V8||19th||-||-||-||-||1||27||13.|
|2011||Lotus Renault GP||Renault R31||Renault 2.4 V8||19th||-||-||1||-||-||37||10.|
|2012||Caterham F1 team||Caterham CT01||Renault 2.4 V8||19th||-||-||-||-||-||-||19th|
|green||-||Placement in the points|
|blue||-||Classified outside the point ranks|
|violet||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|red||DNQ||did not qualify|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||not at the start (did not start)|
|Light Blue||PO||only participated in the training (practiced only)|
|TD||Friday test driver|
|without||DNP||did not participate in the training (did not practice)|
|INJ||injured or sick|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|*||not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
Le Mans results
|2007||Noël del Bello Racing||Courage LC75||Romain Iannetta||Liz Halliday||failure||circuit|
|2016||SMP Racing||BR Engineering BR1||Victor Shaitar||Kirill Ladygin||Rank 7|
|2017||CEPC Manor TRS Racing||Oreca 07||Roberto González||Simon Trummer||failure||accident|
|2018||SMP Racing||BR Engineering BR1||Mikhail Alyoshin||Jenson Button||failure||Engine failure|
|2019||SMP Racing||BR Engineering BR1||Mikhail Alyoshin||Stoffel Vandoorne||Rank 3|
- Official website of Vitaly Petrov (Russian)
- "Renault starts into a new era with the R30" (Motorsport-Total.com on January 31, 2010)
- "А в пять лет он сел на« Жигули »... На родных проселках первый русский пилот" Формулы-1 »Виталий Петров знает каждую колдобину" ( Memento of 24 April 2011 at the Internet Archive ) (sovsport.ru retrieved on the 8th April 2010)
- "Оксана Косаченко:" Контракт Петрова занимает 93 страницы "" (f1news.ru on February 24, 2010)
- "Петров стал гостем Renault Россия на заводе Автофрамос" ( Memento from July 20, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ) (mail.ru on March 1, 2010)
- "Renault confirms cooperation with Lada" (Motorsport-Total.com on March 4, 2010)
- "Renault представила R30 с логотипами Lada" (f1news.ru on March 4, 2010)
- "Renault with a leading role in the season finale" (Motorsport-Total.com on November 14, 2010)
- "Finally official: Renault confirms Petrov" (Motorsport-Total.com on December 22, 2010)
- "Heidfeld catching up - Petrow with a moment of shock" (Motorsport-Total.com on May 29, 2011)
- "What's next for Petrow?" (Motorsport-Total.com on December 9, 2011)
- "So yes: Petrow replaces Trulli at Caterham" (Motorsport-Total.com on February 17, 2012)
- Stephan Heublein: “DTM - First Russian! Mercedes confirms Petrov ”. The fourth in the league. Motorsport-Magazin.com, February 28, 2014, accessed February 28, 2014 .
- Petrow: Separation from Manager - Comeback 2014? Motorsport-Total.com, April 1, 2013, accessed November 16, 2013 .
- "Profile". Motorsport-Total.com, archived from the original on May 28, 2010 ; Retrieved April 8, 2010 .
- "'Rocket from Vyborg' earns respect" (Motorsport-Total.com on March 14, 2010)
|SURNAME||Petrov, Vitaly Alexandrovich|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Petrov, Vitaly Aleksandrovich; Петров, Виталий Александрович (Russian spelling)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Russian racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 8, 1984|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Vyborg , Soviet Union|