Renault boss says Petrov lacks consistency

Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault on the grid with Eric Boullier (FRA) Renault F1 Team Principal. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday 18 April 2010.

Eric Boullier with Vitaly Petrov

Jul.14 (GMM) Vitaly Petrov’s future with the Renault team “is in his hands”, according to team boss Eric Boullier.

The comments, made during a team podcast, indicate that recent reports linking Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil to the 2011 race seat alongside Robert Kubica were not wide of the mark.

Russian rookie Petrov brought substantial funding to the team in the wake of the Genii Capital takeover and the lost ‘crash-gate’ sponsors, but he has also performed solidly.

But as Renault eyes a return to championship contention, Boullier admitted he must find the best possible occupant for the second car.

“His future is in his hands,” he is quoted as saying on Wednesday. “He did some very amazing jobs sometimes (but) he clearly is lacking some consistency to get the points he deserves. We definitely need to have both cars scoring points, so that’s obviously creating some rumours surrounding his race seat,” added Boullier.

  • Bec

    What do you expect, he’s a rookie.

  • Arthur


    He may be a rookie but he has a good car. Lewis Hamilton was rookie with a good car and ended the season second in the drivers championship…

    Put Kimmi on Petrov’s seat.

  • Magnus Rubensson

    How about Webber to partner Kubica at Renault and Raikkonen to partner Vettel at Red Bull? Could be interesting. :-)

    Webber has of course already signed for 2011 but I have a feeling that contract may be written on very thin paper…

    Petrov is a decent enough driver but I think he’s made to look slower than he really is because Kubica is very good (as in VERY good).

    Have a feeling Petrov could benefit more from doing a season or two with a team like Sauber or Force India (or even Lotus).

    Sauber could for example return de la Rosa to the test driver role where he is very strong, and let Petrov and Kobyashi do the racing.

    Petrov would not have quite the same pressure as he does now with Renault, and could very well produce the odd surprise result, like Kobyashi has.

    Just thinking aloud really…