Renault is expected to announce Vitaly Petrov as the team’s second driver for 2010 when the team reveals its new F1 car.
Will Buxton claims Petrov’s deal with the team will bring them sponsorship worth ‘ťľ10m. It would make him the first Russian driver to compete in Formula 1.
Petrov finished as runner-up in the GP2 championship last year, behind rookie Nico H??lkenberg who will race for Williams this year.
Petrov gradually improved during his three-and-a-half years as a GP2 driver and is the fourth driver from the championship to join F1 this year, along with Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi.
If Renault confirm Petrov tomorrow it will leave just two seats unfilled, at US F1 and Campos, and one fewer opportunity for Nick Heidfeld to keep racing in F1.