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Renault: Why Vitaly Petrov Is Good Enough To Lead the Formula 1 Team

Few people in Formula One expected Vitaly Petrov to be retained by the Renault team for 2011. Vastly out performed by Robert Kubica, error prone and overly scrutinised many people blamed the young Russian for Renault’s failure to clinch fourth position in the 2010 constructor’s championship. Team principle Eric Boullier conceded that keeping Petrov was a massive gamble. It is surprising that Petrov has penned a two-year contract with the Lotus Renault team given that they continue to doubt his credentials. When the 26-year-old Russian qualified in sixth position for the 2011 season opener, team boss Eric Boullier was asked how well Kubica would have done instead.

The Frenchman replied, “I don’t want to guess,...

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