Vitaly Petrov for hire

Could F1 see its first full-time Russian driver?

2009 GP2 championship runner-up Vitaly Petrov has confirmed that he is in negotiations with the Renault team to secure a drive in F1 for the 2010 season.

Finishing runner-up to the dominant Nico Hulkenberg in last year’s F1 feeder series confirmed Petrov’s credentials. With Robert Kubica being the only driver publicly confirmed at Renault, Petrov will be competing with a host of other drivers for the second seat, including the still-unemployed Nick Heidfeld.

We can say one thing," Petrov’s spokesperson told Russian website Infox.ru. "The negotiations should be completed before February 1, when testing begins."

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