Russian driver Vitaly Petrov has replaced Italian Jarno Trulli at caterham, the team said on friday.
Petrov was dropped by Lotus (Renault) At the end of 2011 in favour of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and failed to find a seat. There was much speculation a few weeks ago that Petrov would by the seat from Trulli but Jarno repeatedly assured the press that his seat was safe.
The Russian was at the team’s factory in Hingham on Friday for a seat fitting ahead of his first run with the team at the second pre-season test in Barcelona next week, Caterham said.
“I have been training hard all winter and am ready to get back into the cockpit and go to work,” Petrov said “From what I have seen already, our new car is another good step forward from 2011 and now I cannot wait to see how it feels when we get to Barcelona. I would also like to take this chance to thank all my fans and partners for their support and their patience.”
“We are all delighted to welcome Vitaly into our team and are very excited about the role he will play in helping us take the next steps forward in 2012 and for many years to come,” Team principal Tony Fernandes said.
“When we first met it was immediately clear that Vitaly understands and shares our vision for how we want our team to grow. As the first Russian to race in F1 he carries the hopes of a huge nation with ease and his talents, experience with one of our current competitors and insights on and off track will play a huge role in our development as we fight to join the established teams ahead.”
The Formula one season gets underway in Australia on 16th March.