Petrov has been signed by Renault until the end of 2011
Vitaly Petrov 2011 Season StatsLast updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
BBC COMMENTATOR MARTIN BRUNDLE'S VIEW
"Vitaly Petrov came of age as a Formula 1 driver at the last race of 2010 in Abu Dhabi, where he famously held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and did not buckle under pressure.
"In 2011, he has been team leader after Robert Kubica's rally crash. To an extent he seized the chance to show that he is worthy of an F1 seat beyond his nationality and sponsorship support.
"It is hard to get to F1 and it's even harder to stay there.
"Renault have faded through the season but so has Petrov and he remains only a few points ahead of the discarded Heidfeld. The young Russian needs his best form to return urgently."
PETROV TAKES OUR DRIVERS' TEST
Name three attributes an F1 driver must have
Calmness, work efficiency - and speed, of course
What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?
You have to work within the same direction with the whole team, improve car speed and performance and describe your feelings to engineers. Plus a lot of media attention is hard too.
Formula 1 is not just about the car because
... it will never ever move without a driver
If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would
... try my best to improve entertainment, increase overtaking and improve safety. And control costs as well - small teams face hard times now.
If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be
The current one - we have five world champions on the 2011 entry list! This season looks really cool.
Who is your best friends among the drivers?
At the moment I don't have a lot. Some guys that I've known from GP2 - Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Hulkenberg. Robert Kubica, of course. And Luca Filippi - we grew up together from junior Formulae.
Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?
No one yet.
Describe yourself in a few words.
I'm ready to work hard, self-confident and calm
Do you excel at any other sports?
I was rather strong in judo, taekwondo and football some time before.
What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?
The team provides me with Renault road cars, mostly Meganes.
What is your favourite song and what does it remind you of?
I really like when my father and brother sing. It reminds me of simple and very important things - family, friendship and home.
What's the last book that you read?
Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque.