F1: The End Of The Road
It would seem that Vitaly Petrov’s F1 tenure will be coming to an abrupt end after the Brazilian GP. With funding pulled from his Russian backers or at least seriously diminished, Petrov’s management team has decided to halt all 2013 contract talks.
If you’re a fan his, you’ll surely be disappointed. It is difficult to make an impact when you’re racing with a back-marker team, however many may argue that Vitaly had a chance to show his stuff and simply failed to impress.
He’s a good talent. One would have to be, just to get the opportunity to drive in Formula One. Regardless of how much money you throw at a team, they won’t let just anyone drive an F1 car (unless you’re a member of the BBC Top Gear team).
Petrov’s imminent exit will leave a gap and a free F1 seat. Free is a matter of availability, not cost. I’m certain Caterham will be looking for some funding in exchange for that seat.
It’s a harsh reality and a bloody shame, but sports is business whether we admit it or not.
Author: Ernie Black