Petrov set to stay with Caterham for 2013

22.02.2012 Barcelona, Spain - Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham - Formula1 World Championship Pre-Season Testing - Circuit de Catalunya +++ © Copyright: RACE-PRESS.comDec.28 (GMM) Russian media sources report that Vitaly Petrov is set to keep his Caterham seat for the 2013 F1 season, the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims.

Already this week, the 28-year-old’s manager Oksana Kosachenko revealed that “all the necessary work on our part is done — and it’s for Caterham to decide”.

Petrov’s teammate in 2012 was Finn Heikki Kovalainen, but Caterham has already announced that Charles Pic will be driving one of the green-liveried cars next year.

Among the other candidates to be Pic’s 2013 teammate are Giedo van der Garde, Bruno Senna and Luiz Razia.

Turun Sanomat quotes Kosachenko as saying: “I believe Vitaly’s race in Brazil securing tenth place in the manufacturers’ championship helps us to stay where we were.”

Also playing in Petrov’s favour is a recent visit to Caterham’s headquarters of his sponsor Russian Helicopters, and Bernie Ecclestone’s desire to have a local driver on the grid when Russia hosts its inaugural grand prix in 2014.

Organisers of the 2014 race in Sochi said this week that construction of the track is now in “high gear”.

  • Leen

    Only if he brings his Russian money he has a chance. Its a good sign that Russian Helicopters visited Caterham headquarters, however the question will also be whether Petrov’s other big sponsor, Sibur stays on board. Without that I think that Giedo or Senna has a bigger chance.
    Heikki would less likely to be chosen and im not sure whether Alguesuari or Sutil has the backing they needs to make his rentre

  • JodyRenza

    Vitali Petrov is good for F1, specially with Russia getting onto the calender….we all know that talent alone is not on Bernie’s menu when it comes to F1..

  • Not Bernie

    I’d have Petrov on my (imagined) team. I think he’s quick and talented enough of a driver. Alonso couldn’t pass him, so that’s a big plus in his favour too!

    Shame he’s in Caterham as I really don’t see that team going anywhere. Mike Gascoyne is very good at taking a back marker team to the mid field, but he can’t take it any further. Huge respect to him, and he’s probably doing better with less than others could.