Caterham's Russian roulette

Caterham's Russian roulette

You can never be sure exactly what you're going to get with Vitaly Petrov. Edd Straw looks at the former Renault driver's F1 progress and asks whether he can become a consistent performer at the top level after joining Caterham

Last season's opening round of the World Championship in Australia showed Vitaly Petrov at his best. A good qualifying performance, an excellent start and a flawless run in the race earned him his first, and to date only, podium finish in Formula 1.

In Malaysia two weeks later we saw his worst side. While running eighth on the 53rd of 56 laps, he ran wide exiting Turn 8 and, once on the patch behind the kerb, kept his foot in. But he'd pushed his luck, using too much of the run-off beyond the track, finding a bump that that launched him into the air and, inevitably, crashing back down to earth a few moments later.

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