One must wonder how Robert Kubica would have done in that Renault. I think if the team was the same as last year Robert would have been challenging for the win, but I don’t think Petrov would have been that close to the front.
I think having such a fast team-mate in 2010 would have played on Petrov’s mind. Being a racing driver at the pinnacle of motorsport with the world’s eye’s upon you is a big thing, especially as Petrov is the only Russian representative in F1. The pressure in 2010 for Petrov was massive, only made worse by the fact that he was constantly being totally outpaced by the only man in the same machine, and Kubica (from what I have read) wasn’t the most supportive of team-mates.
You could see his nerves when he was being interveiwed, shaking like a shakey thing most of the time.
Now Vitaly is the team leader, he can relax with the knowledge that his job is secure at the moment, and Heidfeld is just not as quick (not yet at least)
I’m expecting more great results like that from Vitaly Petrov, and now he has room to breathe he could start getting a lot better