Vitaly Petrov

Discussion in 'Drivers' started by Slyboogy, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Not dead Contributor

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    Lets face it - he's in because he has backing and Bernie needs a Russian driver in the sport so that Russia has an interest so that he can get his nice sum of cash for making sure for we head to Moscow for the Russian Grand Prix in 2014.

    I would not be surprised if Bernie is already pointing sponsors and teams in the direction of any young Russian driver than may be up and coming as its obvious Petrov was not his man to break the market
     
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  3. Bushi

    Bushi Pole Sitter

    That might be true, but i rather see Petrov than powersteer Trulli. However there were drivers that deserved a second chance instead of Petrov's third chance. Like chandock wasn't bad at all in his debute and d'Ambrosio also deserves a second chance.

    On the other hand, Pedro de la comeback should give the young guns a chance.
     
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  4. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    Surely the measure of who should be driving should not be settled by age but by who can do the best job for the team. Just because someone is young it does not make him better.

    The majority of those young guns will be journeymen themselves in ten years time.
     
  5. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    And then they should clear off and let someone new take over. I agree it's not about age it should be about ability but, seriously, is Vitaly Petrov the best driver Caterham could pick to pedal their car?
     
  6. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    It could be argued that if Petrov's millions improve the car by say a second a lap then he is the best driver for it. Even if he is half a second slower than a younger driver with no money.
     
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  7. Galahad

    Galahad Not a Moderator Valued Member

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    The other side of the argument is that a team with a pay driver who can't consistently finish races may end up costing themselves the same amount of money, or more, in lost constructors' championship revenue (see Kazuki Nakajima).

    Not such a big issue for Caterham possibly, particularly if they end up "fighting" over 10th place again.
     
  8. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    And, of course, in putting the car that their pay driver has inconsiderately slammed into the armco back together. Renault had some of these issues with Petrov in 2010, although of course not so much in 2011.
     
  9. HammydiRestarules

    HammydiRestarules Di Resta fan :). Contributor

    When was the last time Trulli showed any sort of form?

    For me Caterham have taken the decision to freshen things up at the team and if they'd sacked Kovalainen then they'd have been critised to hell and for me Petrov is probably the best possibly candidate at this late stage in the proceedings. Lets not judge him now and wait until the end of the season to give our review of how he's done.
     
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  10. Slyboogy

    Slyboogy World Champion Contributor

    Buemi is a much better option!
     
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  11. HammydiRestarules

    HammydiRestarules Di Resta fan :). Contributor

    True, but i don't think he was on Caterhams wish list.
     
  12. Slyboogy

    Slyboogy World Champion Contributor

    He was...but he didn't have the "money! Money! money! To Caterham, it's all about the price taaaag! They want to make Petrov dance!"
     
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  13. HammydiRestarules

    HammydiRestarules Di Resta fan :). Contributor

    Oh :embarrassed: from me. TBH I really haven't followed this one closely so i'm wrong on my last comment.

    But i stand by my comment, lets not judge Petrov now judge his performance at the end of the season.
     
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  14. Slyboogy

    Slyboogy World Champion Contributor

    Well there were rumours, but look who got the third seat and who replaced Trulli when there where several other good drivers out there.

    Don't get me wrong. I like Petrov and I think it's good he's on the grid, as he is aggressive, fast and exciting to watch.

    Plus I was just joshing around with the last comment LOL
     
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  15. racecub

    racecub Champion Elect

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    I think Petrov did well in the Renault, he was on a steep learning curve. He's not been around long. Big improvement for Caterham and big chance for Petrov to prove himself.
     
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  16. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    Petrov has now driven for Lotus and Lotus, but never for Lotus.
     
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  17. sportsman

    sportsman Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones Contributor

    I do not understand this comment.Last season Petrov drove for Lotus Renault.This season he is driving for Caterham.
     
  18. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    I'm saying he's driven for both (former) claimants to the Lotus name, but not actually at any point for Lotus. If you take it literally, it doesn't actually make sense.
     
  19. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Not dead Contributor

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    This whole Petrov situation just makes me feel more sorry for Jerome D'ambrosio if I'm honest
     
  20. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    We would have a grid full of drivers with no experience. It would be like the quickest demolition derby on the planet. Think about Spa 2009 when we had rookies taking out Lewis and Jenson on the first lap, as well as themselves, and just through poor driving and inexperience. Some drivers will take longer to get to their potential but ultimately be more valuable than someone who comes along and blitzes his first season and then trails off.

    There is a good feed of fresh blood into Formula 1. See if you can count the number of drivers who have had their debut drive in the last 5 years. You might be surprised as to how many there have been.

    I don't really buy the pay driver thing either. when I was a kid, my family would never have been able to afford to go karting. Who knows, I may have turned out to be the next Fangio. Oh hang-on, that's Vettel. But then, hang on again, he could afford to go karting as a kid.

    Incidentally, I still see Petrov as a young gun. He's not slow, he's a good racer and like everyone else up and down the grid makes the odd mistake. Give him Seb's Red Bull and we might have had a Russian champion. Then again, we might not.
     
  21. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Not dead Contributor

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    When I saw this: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/...gpupdate&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=news

    I thought the boost Russian Helicopters were giving Petrov was attaching rotar blades to his Caterham but sadly not.

    It does look as though that deal mean Vitaly firmly has his feet under the table though and as I can't see them getting rid of Kovi by choice it looks like once again its going to be a pretty stable line-up for the Caterham boys.
     

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