Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Interlagos, 2011

Petrov’s future to be decided next month

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Renault set December 10th deadline for decision on Vitaly Petrov’s future with the team.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Lotus Renault gives Petrov until December 10 to decide whether to stay with team (Ria Novosti)

Renault has given Russian driver Vitaly Petrov until December 10 to decide whether to remain with the Formula One team, his manager Oksana Kosachenko told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.”

Bernie Ecclestone claims Formula One will abandon Europe (The Times, subscription required)

“I think in the next few years Europe will be left with only five races. Europe is finished. It will be a good place for tourism but little else. Europe is a thing of the past.”

Helmut Marko on 2012 at STR: “We are looking for a top F1 driver…” (Adam Cooper)

“I would say [Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi] both improved from mid-season onwards, unfortunately Buemi had more technical issues. But still, we are not looking for a good F1 driver, we are looking for a top F1 driver.”

Domenicali bullish on 2012 prospects

“We need to wait and see what the others are doing and wait and see where the cars will be in the first qualifying in Australia. But I am confident we will do a good job.”

Hamilton stalls over contract talks

“Martin [Whitmarsh] has spoken to me about re-signing already. I know it is there. At some stage, when we have time, we will sit down and discuss it. Again, the most important thing is to focus on the season ahead.”

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Comment of the day

Rob73 anticipates Kimi Raikkonen’s returns with Renault next year:

I can remember seeing Kimi in a Formula Renault, years ago at Silverstone. He absolutely blitzed the rest of the field in pretty dodgy weather conditions.

When he was on it in the McLaren he was awesome. The problem is, he appears to have an attitute problem when things are not to his liking, when is shocking to see.

I feel sorry for Grosjean and Senna ?ǣ they may not have Kimi?s talent, but they have not had a chance to shine.

From the forum

Get your nominations for best driver and best pass of 2011 in, ready for the voting in the end-of-season review:

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Anirudh, Daniel and Mark Stevenson!

On this day in F1

And happy 45th birthday Mika Salo!