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Petrov may leave Formula 1

Published time: August 28, 2012 21:58
Edited time: August 29, 2012 01:58
Vitaly Petrov (RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov)

Vitaly Petrov (RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov)

There’s a possibility that Russia’s only Formula 1 driver, Vitaly Petrov, may quit the series next season, manager Oksana Kosachenko says.

­"If the presence of a Russian driver in Formula 1 will be interesting to no one else but Vitaly Petrov and Oksana Kosachenko, we’ll find what to do outside the Grand Prix,” she told Sport-Express. “Formula 1 is great and very prestigious, but for Vitaly it’s a job that brings no money. Why? There are many reasons.”

“In Russia, it’s difficult to sell an athlete, but to sell a Formula 1 driver – is almost impossible," she added.

Petrov, who currently competes on the lowly Caterham team, hasn’t bagged a single point this season.

The 27-year-old has spent three years in F1, with his best result being third-place finish at the 2011 Australian GP together with Lotus Renault.