Caterham F1 Team has announced this morning that Vitaly Petrov has joined the team as race driver, replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect.
Yesterday, Lotus Renault GP confirmed Romain Grosjean as its 2nd driver for 2012 alongside Kimi Raikkonen, displacing the team’s 2011 drivers Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov.
In a statement shortly after, team boss Eric Boullier confirmed Petrov’s contract had been terminated and that he would not be in line for the team’s test and reserve driver role (presumably linked to his recent outbursts against the team).
In an interview distributed by the company this afternoon, Ex-F1 driver and Lotus ambassador, Jean Alesi, shares his views on Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Forumla One driving for Lotus Renault GP.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for Lotus Renault GP’s long list of talented drivers, all carefully positioning themselves for the two available race seats in 2012 – then along comes the IceMan, performs the undercut and takes the chequered flag, before any of them has time to pick up the phone to team-boss Monsieur Boullier and cry “Foul!”
The press release begins, “Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will race for the team next season.”, but we’re pretty sure than sentiment doesn’t extend to existing drivers Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna, nor test and reserve driver Romain Grosjean.
Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica is undergoing surgery on multiple fractures after suffering a high-speed accident while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy. The 26-year-old Pole is said to be in a stable condition after surgery and although his injuries weren’t life-threatening, it is unlikely that Kubica will be fit by the time the 2011 F1 season begins on March 13th.
Another round done, another dreary street race and another fine example of F1’s current status as techno showpiece first, thrilling sport second.
From the very beginning of the broadcast tyre management, pit strategy and other ‘racing’ buzzwords were thrown around by the triumvirate of BBC presenters who all – as they’re employed to do – proclaimed the climax of the season to be ‘one the most exciting ever!’ You can’t argue that it’s going to be close, but I reject the term exciting.
Kubica joins Renault F1 in 2010 – BMW say Thank you and good luck, Robert!