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25 de enero de 2012

¡SORPRESA!: ¡PETROV A PIRELLI...COMO TEST DRIVER!

Sí, estaremos todos de acuerdo seguramente en que parece la enésima vez que se coloca al piloto ruso en un sitio diferente, en el que parece ser el elemento más usado para alimentar rumores. Pero esta vez parece que viene de una fuente de tanta solvencia como la manager del piloto, Oksana Kosachenko (sí, esa misma que tiene pinta de espia rusa), que habría adelantado en una entrevista en el día de hoy que el futuro de Vitaly pasa por Pirelli. Si al parecer la mayoría le encontrábamos acomodo como piloto de Caterham sustituyendo a Trulli, o de 3º del equipo malayo (incluso durante mucho tiempo fue visto como un fijo para el 2º asiento de HRT), ahora las tornas han vuelto a cambiar.
 
Como piloto desarrollador de neumáticos se tiene una ventaja fundamental: se rueda sobre un monoplaza de F1 durante una temporada, lo que siendo test-driver de otro equipo, no puedes hacer (se limita a trabajo en el simulador).Ello hace que esta alternativa se valore si no quiere uno oxidarse sin coger un monoplaza durante 1 año. ¿El problema?...que te vuelves invisible. Ni a Pedro ni a Di Grassi les sirvió para incrementar sus opciones en la parrilla, sólo para no perder el tacto y el feeling con un monoplaza de F1. Pedro, tras su casi medio año en Pirelli (tras ser sustituido en Sauber por Heidfield), terminó optando por volver a McLaren. Di Grassi este año no se ha barajado de momento para ningún equipo de F1...así que más bien parece una sala de espera donde te mantienes en forma pilotando un F1. Por ello, esta opción significa para Petrov esperar con su saco de dinero (que cada vez pienso más que es algo menos de lo que suponemos) a mejores tiempos, y en especial esperar que alguna de las nuevas incorporaciones no rinda como debiera durante la temporada (¿Pic en Marussia, por ejemplo?). Es una via de escape que no te cierra el mercado y te mantiene con la suficiente liberta de movimientos como para no cerrarte ninguna puerta que se pueda abrir. Veremos en todo caso si se confirma oficialmente, pues el futuro de Petrov parece dar más saltos que un canguro australiano en pleno estado de euforia. Os dejo no obstante la noticia que así lo confirma:
 
 
MOSCOW, January 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov has agreed to test F1 tires for Pirelli, his manager said in a statement Wednesday.
 
Petrov became Russia’s first F1 driver in 2010, but lost his place at the end of last year when the Lotus Renault team hired Finnish former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and France’s Romain Grosjean. Petrov is set to appear at a launch event for Pirelli’s new F1 tires Wednesday and Thursday at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, his manager Oksana Kosachenko said in a statement. He will test the company's tires for the two days, and has agreed to other events later this year.
 
“The cooperation between Vitaly and Pirelli will continue in March, when he will take part in a major Pirelli event in St. Petersburg,” she said. The first race of the new F1 season will be in Malaysia on March 18. Kosachenko has refused to comment on rumors that Petrov may yet get a race seat for 2012 by replacing veteran Italian Jarno Trulli at the Caterham team.
 
Petrov finished 10th in the world drivers’ championship in 2011 with 37 points. There had been calls for Lotus Renault to replace him after a weak debut season, but he answered his critics with a third-placed finish at the first Grand Prix of the season in Australia.
 
German racer Nick Heidfeld started the 2011 season as Pirelli test driver, but joined the Lotus Renault team alongside Petrov before the season began after Poland’s Robert Kubica was badly hurt in a rally crash.

Ampliamos también con lo aportado por Jonathan Noble para Autsport con las declaraciones del Dtor. de Pirelli sobre ello, donde se aclara todo un poco más.


Vitaly Petrov is in the frame to land a test driving role with Pirelli for 2012 if he fails to land a race seat for the season ahead.The Russian, who has most recently been linked with a drive at Caterham following his dismissal from Renault at the end of last season, made a surprise appearance on Wednesday at a Pirelli press event in Abu Dhabi.

Although the appearance with Pirelli is a one-off for now, Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed that the Russian is being considered for an expanded role if he does not race."We will see how it goes," Hembery told AUTOSPORT. "There is always a lot of tyre development work to do, and we are eager to have a driver who has experience of racing from the previous year."

Pirelli currently has Lucas di Grassi as its tester, and the Brazilian is also expected to stay on for the season ahead.The tyre company itself is currently unsure of its testing plans, however, and is awaiting discussions with Formula 1 chiefs to work out how it will continue track running in 2012 - with its old Toyota test car now past its useful life.

Speaking at the season preview event, Hembery said: "We have a meeting with the F1 Commission at the end of February where we hope to put forward some solutions that give Pirelli the chance to test as we hope to."No one will thank us if we cannot test because we don't have a test car, but we have to find a solution that suits Pirelli but also suits F1. People in this sport are always worried about one team getting an advantage over someone else, but with everyone using the same electronics from McLaren then they could all have access to the same data that we acquire [if we run one car]."It is a complex area but at the end of the day we have to do our work."

Petrov has been in talks with Caterham about a role for 2012, and there were rumours that he could even replace Jarno Trulli if the Italian decided that he did not wish to continue with the team. However, Trulli said last week that he was unaware of the rumours and he spent time at the outfit's Hingham factory on Monday talking through plans for the season ahead with his engineers.

2 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

http://www.f1aldia.com/13978/vitaly-petrov-no-piloto-probador-pirelli/

LOGAN PDLR dijo...

QUEMANDO RUEDA (By LOGANF1): MATIZACIONES CASO PETROV: ENTRE TODOS LE LIAMOS......Y EL TAMPOCO SE ACLARA

http://loganf1.blogspot.com/2012/01/matizaciones-caso-petrov-entre-todos-le.html?spref=tw

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