Petrov Stays At Renault
The newly named Lotus Renault GP team, have today announced that Vitaly Petrov will stay on as Robert Kubica's team mate for both the 2011 and 2012 season. After a tough rookie year with the team, which saw the young Russian driver retire from six Grands Prix. Petrov, has now been confirmed as Lotus Renault GP second driver. "We're delighted to have Vitaly on board for another two years," said major shareholder in the team, Gerard Lopez "Last season, he showed on several occasions that he clearly has the potential to deliver. It was just a matter of putting everything together during the same weekend, race after race, and this will be his target for 2011." Lopez, also noted that "thanks to Vitaly and the team, Russia is opening up to Formula 1. Over the past few months, we've established close links with this country and with some of its strongest companies. We're looking forward to building on this special relationship and turning it into a very successful adventure over the next two seasons." Team principal Eric Boullier added: "We are very pleased to confirm that Vitaly will be staying with us for 2011 and 2012, in order that both he and the team can build on a promising 2010 campaign. The entire team has been working flat out over the past months to improve our competitiveness, and a stable driver line-up is essential to achieving our targets. Robert Kubica provides a remarkable benchmark for both speed and consistency, and we are certain that Vitaly will move closer to this level of performance next year." Petrov who brings a lot of money and sponsorship to the team, also added that he believes he can improve in 2011: "I am very happy to continue with the team and proud to be representing Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. I learned a lot about the sport, the circuits and the car this year. That will help me improve even more in the future. I am very excited about working with this great team once more, and I'm confident that I will deliver. In many ways, 2010 was about learning. 2011 will be about performing. Today, I feel I am ready to rise to this challenge."