Caterham F1 Team has all but decided to keep driver Vitaly Petrov in one of their two seats for the 2013 Formula One season. Petrov did not score a championship point in 2012, his first season with Caterham.
"All the necessary work on our part is done — and it's for Caterham to decide," Petrov's manager, Oksana Kosachenko, said. "I believe Vitaly's race in Brazil securing tenth place in the manufacturers' championship helps us to stay where we were."
In the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, the final race of the 2012 season, Petrov scored a season best finish of 11th to help Caterham finish 10th in the manufacturers' championship. Petrov raced in 19 of the 20 events in 2012 with Caterham as a result of missing race nine at Silverstone. He had two lead lap finishes and an average finish of 16.6.
Heikki Kovalainen competed in all 20 races for Caterham in 2012 but also did not score any points and had an average finish of 16.6. The team already announced that Charles Pic would move in to drive one of the team's cars in 2013 which has left just one driver spot open. According to Petrov's manager he has the upper hand to keep his spot.
If Caterham decides to keep Petrov it will be his fourth full season in Formula One. He competed in 2010 for Renault F1 Team, scoring 27 points and finishing in 13th. Then in 2011 he raced for Lotus Renault GP and scored his only career podium finish on his way to 37 points and a 10th in the standings.Tags: Caterham, Charles Pic, Formula One, Heikki Kovalainen, Motorsports, Oksana Kosachenko, Renault, Renault F1 Team, Vitaly Petrov