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#1 OFFLINE   Alice

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Отправлено 26 November 2010 - 09:21

Привет !
What happens during the break between seasons? I had an idea to get the topic about news, transfers and all things which are associated with the break.
So.. the main question is which team Vitaly will be represent in next season. I think in Renault will be no changes exept sponsor. Eric Boullier said that he was satisfied of Vitaly's and Robert's attitude during the race in Abu Dhabi and probably Petrov would stay in Renault.

Preparations for new car have been starting on February 2010. First test will be in the second month of new year. Renault owners (Gerard Lopec)claimed that in next seasion Renault would be at the rate of the top three teams.

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#2 OFFLINE   Tarhyasah

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Отправлено 26 November 2010 - 19:36

Привет !

Здравствуй Alice!

So.. the main question is which team Vitaly will be represent in next season.

Petrov deal not done yet, says Lopez:

Renault demands the kind of pace shown by Vitaly Petrov in Abu Dhabi on a more consistent basis if they are to sign him up for the 2011 season.

That is the view of Genii Capital chairman and RenaultF1majority shareholder Gerard Lopez, who said the decision to keep Petrov on for next season has not yet been made.

"It's not done yet. As much as we have been happy during the course of the season, we were a little bit disappointed with the results coming towards the end of the season," Lopez told ESPNF1. "The one criticism we had of him and still have, to some extent, is not his pure speed but his ability to put together a whole weekend in a very focused and concentrated way. If anything in Abu Dhabi, he showed that if he wants to, he can. There is no reason why Vitaly can't be a top five or six driver throughout his career but we haven't made a final decision. Abu Dhabi did a lot for us to re-consider his position and we'd like to be able to sign him up but he's been away so we have to sit down with him, look him in the eye and see if he can do what he did in Abu Dhabi during the race throughout the season during practice, qualifying and the race."

Much has been made of the sponsorship money that Petrov brings to the team but Lopez insists that financial considerations have no bearing on the decision, which will be made purely on the basis of racing credentials.

"The decision will be made probably in the first two weeks of December. Eric Boullier will voice the recommendation from the team and it's certainly not a financial issue because there are a lot of drivers out there willing to pay a lot of money for a drive and a much higher amount than whatever sponsor Vitaly can or can't bring. Vitaly is of interest because he is from Russia and we do have business interests in Russia. So yes, we like the idea of helping to promote a Russian champion but our decision is really going to be based on racing credentials. At the end of the day, we're going to do what we did last year and make a decision based on a pool of experienced drivers and a pool of younger drivers and essentially pitch Vitaly against those drivers.

"Honestly speaking, from a pure driving perspective, he fares really well. I know a lot of drivers and some are very good friends, but I don't know of any rookie drivers or even seasoned drivers who could hold up Alonso for 40 laps when he's fighting for the world championship and to do so not by aggressively closing the door but just by being consistent and driving fast. I believe he has been the strongest rookie and unlike other rookies, he never tested a Formula One car. Someone like Nico Hulkenberg, who is a great driver, had something like 8000kms or 9000kms of tests and Lewis Hamilton something like 22,000kms of tests before he arrived in F1 and they all had classical karting, Formula Ford or Formula BMW backgrounds.

"It's just down to experience. If the racing team came back and said there are issues we can't solve, we wouldn't have Vitaly in the car. It's looking good but it's not going to be finalised until we sit down and get answers to the things we didn't like. If we're pleased with the answers, he'll be in the car next year."

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#3 OFFLINE   Alice

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Отправлено 27 November 2010 - 06:27

Yes, he have not done but I read that in Renault Vitaly is 'unsinkable' ;)

#4 OFFLINE   Alice

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Отправлено 09 December 2010 - 14:50

Renault = LOTUS RENAULT GP

The big merger became a fact. Petrov(probably) and Kubica in 'new ' team.

#5 OFFLINE   Zorrinho

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Отправлено 11 December 2010 - 01:08

I've always been a huge supporter of Renault, and I have to admit I don't know what to think about it. I like Lotus Group, which bought Renault shares, but I don't like Dany Bahar that much. I don't know if Proton-Lotus Group could assume a F1 team, given the fact that it is the Malaysian government which invest massively in the consortium to avoid losses. And I have not a huge confidence in this guy. Plus, I also like Team Lotus, which will also be powered by Renault next year.

So it kinda sucks for me.

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Отправлено 11 December 2010 - 11:52

I've always been a huge supporter of Renault, and I have to admit I don't know what to think about it. I like Lotus Group, which bought Renault shares, but I don't like Dany Bahar that much. I don't know if Proton-Lotus Group could assume a F1 team, given the fact that it is the Malaysian government which invest massively in the consortium to avoid losses. And I have not a huge confidence in this guy. Plus, I also like Team Lotus, which will also be powered by Renault next year.

So it kinda sucks for me.

Of course, the whole situation may seem a bit disencouraging but try to look at it from another point of view: none of the Lotuses can be called "the true one" since Renault is assuming the name without actually changing its "philosophy" and Team Lotus cannot be an English team beeing actually Malasyan by origin. So the best thing one can do is support the ex-Renault (if you've been a supporter all of this time) and sympathize with Team Lotus Imho, of course:)

Сообщение отредактировал bringing_luck: 11 December 2010 - 11:53


#7 OFFLINE   Zorrinho

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Отправлено 11 December 2010 - 13:33

That's the way I'm going to follow, I think. Maybe I will not be a huge supporter of the new team, but instead a huge supporter of the engine-supplier. Actually, I'm just waiting for Lotus Renault GP to confirm Vitaly Petrov, since it would be easier to stick for real to the team ;)

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Отправлено 11 December 2010 - 19:29

That's the way I'm going to follow, I think. Maybe I will not be a huge supporter of the new team, but instead a huge supporter of the engine-supplier. Actually, I'm just waiting for Lotus Renault GP to confirm Vitaly Petrov, since it would be easier to stick for real to the team ;)

We're all waiting for that. I do hope the announcement will be made before Christmas (Catholic - not Orthodox))

#9 OFFLINE   Alice

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Отправлено 12 December 2010 - 10:56

We're all waiting for that. I do hope the announcement will be made before Christmas (Catholic - not Orthodox))


Eric Boullier has said that deciosion will be taken at two first weeks of December. This period has passed but we still have got no informations..

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Отправлено 17 December 2010 - 12:25

I heard Vitaly will give a press conference on December 22nd, is this confirmed?

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Отправлено 17 December 2010 - 12:28

I heard Vitaly will give a press conference on December 22nd, is this confirmed?


Yes it's true

#12 OFFLINE   Alice

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Отправлено 18 December 2010 - 18:17

http://fuckyeahvital...post/2355440385

100 questions to Vitaly. He's not very talkative .. ;)

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Отправлено 22 December 2010 - 22:00

Vitaly Petrov completes Lotus Renault GP driver line-up for 2011 and 2012:

Lotus Renault GP is delighted to announce that Vitaly Petrov will complete its driver line-up for the 2011 and 2012 Formula 1 seasons. He will partner Robert Kubica next year.

G?rard Lopez, Chairman of Lotus Renault GP, commented: “We’re delighted to have Vitaly on board for another two years. 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. Also, 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.”

Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault GP Team Principal, commented: “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.”

Vitaly Petrov commented: “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.”

Q&A with Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly, how does it feel to be confirmed at Lotus Renault GP?
It feels great. I learned so much this year and I know that I can come back stronger in 2011. I’m extremely proud to be part of this team and I’m determined to repay the faith they have shown in me.
Looking back on your rookie season, what did you enjoy the most?
There were a lot of special moments. The race in Shanghai is something that I will always remember when I overtook Schumacher and Webber to score my first points. Then, the first time I made Q3 in Turkey was an important step for me. And, of course, the race in Hungary was probably my best weekend when everything came together for me.
How has your life change since you became an F1 driver?
There’s a lot more travelling and not a lot of time for myself, but I will never complain because I love what I’m doing. I still feel like a boy at Christmas every time I get in the car. Life is not as easy as people think, of course, and there’s a lot more to F1 than driving the car, but it’s an amazing experience and I know I’m lucky to be one of just 24 drivers on the grid.
Do you feel at home at Lotus Renault GP?
Yes, definitely. Previous drivers have always said that there is a special atmosphere here and I have to say I agree with them. The team is very warm, friendly and open, and I get on really well with the guys.
Can you feel the growing support for F1 from Russia?
Definitely. I get more support from my country every week. In fact, recently one of the major lifestyle magazines included me in their top ten most attractive single men of Russia! You can feel that the sport is becoming more popular and soon we will have our own Grand Prix, which will create more interest. Even our prime minister, Mr Putin, got a taste of F1 when he tried a Renault F1 car earlier this year.
What will be the main challenges of 2011?
There are quite a few changes that we have to adapt to as a team: new tyres, moveable rear wings and KERS, which I’ve never used before. There’s even a new race in India. So there are some things to adapt to, but they should improve the show and make for better racing. I’ve already seen the new car in the wind tunnel and it looks very promising. I also love our new colours and can’t wait to get back in the car and go racing.
What do you hope to achieve in your second season?
My objective is to continue improving as a driver and to become more consistent. There were times this year when I made mistakes and lost points, and I know this is where I can improve. I think I showed that I have the speed, but I need to be consistent over the whole weekend and get the maximum from every session.
What is your plan over the next couple of months before testing begins in February?
I was thinking about spending a few days in Maranello this winter, but I have been told it probably wasn’t the best idea… Seriously, after a busy year I’m taking the time to go back home and see my family and friends. It’s also the time to recharge my batteries so that I can come back fresh next year. I’m already working hard on my fitness and doing lots of training to be ready for the start of the season. Then, in January, I will be at the factory to see my engineers and for my seat-fit in the new car.



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Отправлено 14 February 2011 - 15:28

The winter tests @Jerez, Spain are over. It seems that Lotus Renault GP has a good chance for 2011. I hope Vitaly will do his best!!!

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Отправлено 05 March 2011 - 15:54

I hope Vitaly will repeat his great start in Australia: