Vitaly Petrov Q&A: I know I still need to improve 20 Jul 2010
He may have already secured his place in the record books by being Russias first-ever Formula One racer, but Renaults Vitaly Petrov is determined to make his mark in the sport on his own terms too. Although playing catch-up to his vastly more experienced team mate Robert Kubica is not ideal, Petrov is pleased with his progress and is hoping to clock up more mileage at this weekends German race
Q: Vitaly, lets look back to Silverstone - another promising race ruined by a puncture
Vitaly Petrov: I enjoyed the race but, of course, I was disappointed with the outcome. I was almost in the points when I had some bad luck with the puncture, so we could have got a much better result. But what is done is done, and it was still good to finish all 52 laps of the race. This gives us lots of information about the car and the track, which was especially important with Roberts race ending early.
Q: You now have ten races behind you, what is your frame of mind as we enter the second half of the season?
VP: Im looking forward to the rest of the season and using the experience that I have gained so far. I know that I still need to improve, but Im doing my best to work more closely with the team and Robert to improve the car. I feel that I have a really good relationship with the team and we know each other pretty well by now. We spend a lot of time together, we go to dinner together and I spend a lot of time at the factory. Being very close with them will help me get the most from every weekend.
Q: As a rookie, each race is a big learning experience. Where do you feel you can still improve?
VP: I think that the information and feedback I give the team is something that is very important. When we have a new upgrade, we need to have a good understanding of how it works and how it improves the car, and its down to me to give the team the right information. Being accurate with my feedback is also important for improving the set-up and getting the most from the car so this is where I am working hard.
Q: Looking ahead to this weekends race in Germany, what are your views on the Hockenheim circuit?
VP: I know the circuit because Ive raced there before in GP2. Its quite a difficult track and there is usually close racing so you need to be quite tactical with your driving. There are some corners where you can overtake, like the hairpin at the end of the long back straight. Overall I think it should be a good circuit for our car.
Q: What are your objectives for the weekend?
VP: As always the first target is to be close to Roberts pace. Then I need to qualify in the top ten and finish the race. I think that qualifying is my number one priority for the weekend because we know how it important it is for the outcome of the race.