Is Vitaly Petrov getting close to the Russians at Marussia?

Should Vitaly Petrov find himself cast out by the Lotus F1 Team for next season – a seat for which he currently holds a valid contract – there is speculation that he could team up with the folks at Marussia Racing team.

To be fair, much of this rumour-mongering is stemming from Petrov’s homeland, with the local press eager to lobby for their only F1 representative to remain on the grid, particularly given that a Russian Grand Prix is set to debut on the F1 calendar from 2013 onwards.

The theory is that Petrov would move into the Marussia Team in place of Timo Glock, who would then perform a straight swap and move into the Lotus F1 Team as Kimi Räikkönen’s team-mate.

It’s widely believed that Glock – a two-time podium finisher with Toyota – has an exit clause that would allow him to leave the team should an offer come from a top team to join their ranks.

Whether Lotus F1 constitutes a ‘top team’ is a moot point after their rather atrocious loss of form over 2011, it’s certainly a point to consider nonetheless.

The other problem is that Glock has been a disappointment in 2011. Granted, the Virgin Racing VR-02 was hardly a decent car, but when you don’t blow the doors of your team-mate, Jérôme d’Ambrosio, it doesn’t help your stock either.

Our bet is still on Vitaly to remain with the Lotus F1 team in 2012.

[Images via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.