Vitaly Petrov will remain on the F1 grid for the foreseeable future, at least that’s according to the opinion of his manager, Oksana Kosachenko.

Vitaly Petrov & Oksana Kosachenko Despite the hefty financial contribution offered to Renault by his Russian sponsors – which included a few new ones on the books in the last few weeks – speculation had arisen that the 26-year-old from Vyborg would lose his seat at season’s end on account of his rather erratic performances in his maiden F1 season.

But Kosachenko seems to think otherwise, and reassured TV viewers watching the Rossiya 2 station: “I want to reassure all the fans, Vitaly will remain in formula one next year, and the year after and three years from now.

Petrov will certainly be hoping to stick around at least until the 2014 season, when a Russian Grand Prix will make its debut on the F1 calendar at the resort city of Sochi.

“Almost all the drivers already have a home race so I hope that I can experience the same special feeling of racing at home in a few years’ time,” Petrov was quoted as saying.

[Original image via ESPN F1]

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