Petrov plays down reports of big bucks return to Formula 1 1 October, 2013 Vitaly Petrov with Oksana Kosachenko Russia’s first grand prix driver Vitaly Petrov is down playing about reports that he is set to burst back into Formula 1 as a powerful pay-driver. Once racing for Renault and Caterham, the Russian’s former manager, Oksana Kosachenko, claimed last week that Petrov has managed to come up with an impressive € 25 million in sponsorship to offer a 2014 team. Speaking to Russia’s Championat, 29-year-old Petrov did not deny Kosachenko’s claim. “I think Oksana always knows more about everyone, in all the projects,” he said. “There is nothing to comment on. I don’t know what to say.” He hinted, however, that he might now be well placed to secure a seat in 2014, after a season on the sidelines. “We know that some teams have money worries,” said Petrov, “so there is the chance for drivers who can help in this area.” With Sauber already preparing to field a Russian driver next year in the form of Sergey Sirotkin, the big rumour is that Petrov could line up for the Russian supercar-maker owned team, Marussia. “At the moment there is nothing new to say,” Petrov answered, “but it is not a disadvantage for me if some teams wait a little while before deciding their drivers.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsFormula 1 silly season now in full swingGutierrez and Sainz feature in silly season latestDoes Button have a seat with McLaren next year in F1?Drivers put the brakes on silly season reportsTeam bosses rubbish Alonso to Mercedes reportsAlonso to leave Ferrari, Newey or Brawn to Maranello?Kovalainen facing Christmas with uncertain futureKobayashi and Ericsson talking to Caterham for 2014Pic: For me it would be logical to stay at Caterham but nothing is sure in F1Sutil confirmed by Sauber as one of their drivers for 2014 season fools He will only return if Russia has there own GP. Money talks. EazyE You mean like the one in Sochi? And it’s “their”, not “there”. I can actually throw Oksana Kosachenko further than I trust her. Psych4191 LOL Eazy. I must agree, she pretty much ruined Petrov’s career in order to progress her own.