• Russian signs for 2011 and 2012 seasons
• Petrov links up again with Robert Kubica
Vitaly Petrov, Russia’s first Formula One driver, is staying with Lotus Renault for the next two seasons, the team confirmed today, and will resume his partnership with Robert Kubica
Gérard Lopez, the team’s chairman, said: “We’re delighted to have Vitaly on board for another two years. Last season he showed on several occasions that he clearly has the potential to deliver. It was just a matter of putting everything together during the same weekend, race after race, and this will be his target for 2011.
“Also, thanks to Vitaly and the team, Russia is opening up to Formula One. Over the past few months, we’ve established close links with this country and with some of its strongest companies. We’re looking forward to building on this special relationship and turning it into a very successful adventure over the next two seasons.”
Petrov, whose best finishes on the way to accruing 27 points during the 2010 season were fifth in Hungary and a sixth at the last grand prix in Abu Dhabi, said: “I am very happy to continue with the team and proud to be representing Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. 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.”