Vitaly Petrov is not giving up on making an F1 comeback, having lost his seat with Caterham at the end of 2012.
The 28-year-old lost Russian state funding and subsequently couldn’t pay for his seat in 2013, and he was soon replaced by Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.
Now, the Russian will return behind the wheel of a Formula One car for a demo in Moscow, but is still finding trouble securing sponsorship to return to the sport on a full time basis. His efforts have also been hampered by the fact that he split with manager Oksana Kosachenko who moved to Caterham to take up the position of commercial director.
At a press event in Moscow where he announced his role in Moscow City Racing, he told the media that, “Negotiations are ongoing. I’m working hard. Even when I was in the mountains [where he climbed Mount Everest], we got so many offers [from other series], then visited a lot of events. I’m in talks with the teams, but I can not name them. I do not want to feed you breakfast, to say that something will be announced tomorrow or the next day, but, as soon as things clear up, I will assemble a press conference and tell everyone everything.
“Like I said, I will not let up before the 2014 season. F1 is my priority. My name was [linked to opportunities] in different classes, but I do not want to look there. All my efforts are directed to return. I want to go back, F1 is my life.”