Petrov in talks with Marussia and others


Vitaly Petrov is striving to return to the Formula One grid in time for Russian first grand prix due to be held next year.

The Vyborg-born driver lost his drive for Caterham at the end of last year after three years in the sport.

Petrov told RSport he had approached several teams about a drive next year including Russian-backed outfit Marussia.

“I need to understand their plans, what they want and how they want to be in F1 – just to have a car and drive or they want to grow up,” said Petrov.

Petrov was a guest of Mercedes at last weekend’s DTM (German touring car) race at the Moscow Raceway. He is one of several Russian drivers vying for a place on the grid ahead of next year’s inaugural race in Sochi.

Muscovite Sergey Sirotkin is in the running for an F1 debut with Sauber after a Russian research organization invested in the team. Red Bull also gave an F1 test to Daniil Kvyat. Like Sirotkin, the Bashkortostan native is still in his teens.

Petrov, whose F1 career highlight was a podium finish at Melbourne in 2011, said the prospect of a race in Russia improved his chances of making a return to the sport’s top flight:

“I think definitely it helps, because it can’t be the Russian Grand Prix without Russian drivers, you know. Maybe it will motivate some people to support me.”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)