Petrov hopes to be on Russian GP grid

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov said he was “proud” to hear news of a planned Russian Grand Prix in 2014 and says he hopes to be on the grid for it:

I?m very proud that my country has made this decision, which will make F1 even more popular in Russia. Almost all the drivers already have a home race so I hope that I can experience the same special feeling of racing at home in a few years? time.
Vitaly Petrov

Petrov’s contract with Renault has not yet been renewed for next year.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race in Korea, Petrov expects the new circuit to prove challening:

It looks like a tricky circuit. The third sector looks quite a challenge because it?s low-speed with most corners probably taken in second or third gear. Turns seven and eight will be quick corners and there are three long straights where it?s important to use the f-duct. Overall I think it will be quite a good circuit for our car. There should also be some opportunities for overtaking.

The best thing is to walk the track and see it for yourself. Then, I like to do some laps on my bike to understand as much as I can. You have to look at things like the kerbs and the run-off areas. All this is helpful, but you obviously learn the most during the first free practice session. It?s important that you know the lap by the end of this first session.
Vitaly Petrov

With three rounds remaining this year and after an early retirement at Suzuka he is aiming for more points finishes in the final races:

I always try to be in the top ten and that must be the target this weekend. I think we had the potential to do this in Suzuka, but I need to make sure I don?t make any mistakes. Scoring points is important and that will be my aim in Korea.
Vitaly Petrov

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