It surely makes him more of a personality!
It does. Far too many drivers these days are a little too homogenous. Like the Red Bull drivers – Vettel, Webber, Buemi, Alguersuari and Ricciardo – who are all mostly interchangeable and stick to the party line. I could not really summarise the personalities of Buemi, Alguersuari and Ricciardo if I tried to, aside from “they’re Red Bull drivers” and “Alguersuari moonlights as a DJ”.
And Petrov needs a bit of personality. I’m sure he has one, but one thing that I have noticed about Russians is that they almost always have an endemic lack of emotion when speaking English. Quite a few of my friends are Russian, for some of them even go so far as to preface their conversations with descriptions of their emotions; ie, they will say “I am feeling happy because x” so that there can be no mistake as to how they feel.
If ever you hear some of Petrov’s interviews – be it in the press conferences or on the gridwalk – he usually sounds completely neutral (although after Mark Webber, he has some of the most hilarious facial expressions). So a little emotion in what he does is no doubt a good thing