Petrov to take Trulli’s Caterham seat

Vitaly Petrov who was dropped by Renault last year is expected to take Jarno Trulli’s Caterham race seat for 2012 in a €15m deal. It is also believed that some of that will go to Trulli.

Vitaly Petrov began his Formula One career in Renault with 2010, partnering polish driver Robert Kubica. He had a bad start in 2010 with three DNF’s in a row. However, In his first race finish, In China he finished in 7th place. He is famous for his overtakes on Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber in heavy rain during that race. He finished 2010 in 13th in the drivers championship with 27 points. He is also famous for holding up Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on the last race of the season at Abu Dhabi, Which resulted in Sebastian Vettel winning the race and the championship.

In 2011, He partnered German Nick Heidfeld after his 2010 team mate Robert Kubica suffered a near fatal crash. Later in the year, Renault would give Heidfeld the boot, Giving Ayrton Senna’s Nephew, Bruno, The drive. Petrov scored the first podium of his career in the season opening race at Australia. In Malaysia, He ran wide and was launched into the air. The impact of hitting the ground was so big that it broke his steering column. He also suffered some small back problems. In Monaco, He was taken to hospital after he crashed into the barriers and was knocked unconscious. He finished the 2011 season in 10th place with 37 points.

Jarno Trulli joined Formula One in 1997 and has raced for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault and Toyota. He took his first, and only race win in 2004 at Monaco. He spent the last two years at the Lotus team where he partnered Heikki Kovalainen. It was believed that Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo would take over from Jarno Trulli for 2012 but he was signed by Toro Rosso.

This story has not yet been confirmed.

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