Some sites are reporting that Kaltenborn has talked to Petrov; mainly about the weather and the track at Sochi during their demo run there, not about a seat.
Petrov is one of those Bernoldi/Klien kind of drivers; not bad, but his funding made up for his lack of natural ability, but then someone better came along and there was no more room for them. I think Petrov has proven himself to be more than just a paydriver, showing he occasionally could keep up with Kubica, he kept up with Heidfeld and beat B. Senna. Still, not a long-term prospect and honestly, I do not see why Gazprom would sponsor anything; it’s not like governments watch F1 to decide where to buy their gas, or the people of those countries have any real say in the matter.
Joe Saward brought up an interesting point about Perez; of course they’re expecting more results from him, but it could also be the case his Mexican connection might be helpful to McLaren. If they decide it’s not valuable enough, Telmex or not, Perez might lose McLaren’s interest.
He also mentions there’s talks about Maldonado joining Force India. I’d rather have him there than at Lotus, but I’d much rather see him in NASCAR or F1 2013 online.