Here’s Vitaly for Renault

Well, his driving paid off in the end. It was a slow start to the season for Vitaly Petrov, but some good drives near the end – and holding off Fernando Alonso in Abu Dhabi especially – gave him what he needed to continue. Petrov’s points from Abu Dhabi leapt him above Hulkenberg and Liuzzi for thirteenth place. In combination with Robert Kubica’s 134 points, Renault finished an expected fifth in the season, which puts him in the number 10 car for 2011.
Petrov scored his first 6 points of the season in China, where rain caused havoc, and got Renault’s first fastest lap of 2010 in Turkey (though he didn’t score any points). He had to wait until Germany to score again, but after that he showed his good driving skills. He had 21 points from Germany through to Abu Dhabi, scoring in four of those races.
He’s the first Russian driver in F1, just as his team mate Robert Kubica is the first Pole. Renault look to be good in 2011, and aim to be competing with the front runners throughout the season. They have the advantage that they weren’t making technical additions to their car in the latter races of 2010 – unlike Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari – so they have been able to start working on their 2011 car earlier. It should be a good season for both their drivers too, despite the Lotus controversy.

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