Date: 20th February 2012 at 10:40am
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Vitaly Petrov will get his Caterham career started this week as the Russian gets to test for the first time in Barcelona.

The Russian 27-year-old had been rumoured to be joining Caterham ever since Lotus made the decision to drop him in favour of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, but the deal was not concluded until just before the weekend, which meant that Petrov missed out on running time at the first test in Jerez.

Keen to make up for lost time, Petrov is looking forward to the different challenge of joining a new team.

‘Of course it’s not good to miss one of the tests, but I’m just happy that I can do the second test at Barcelona,’ Petrov told Autosport Magazine.

‘It was a long time during the winter and it is difficult, not knowing what is going to happen with your future. But now finally we’ve taken the decision with Caterham and I can start to work with them over there.’

‘I think this is a fantastic chance for me, and I think I will show a good side of myself,’


Petrov made his debut in Formula One at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix and has gone on to make 38 Grand Prix starts for former team Lotus [then Renault], his best finish came at last years season opener when he stood on the podium for the first time having finished 3rd.

He went on to 37 points last season, an improvement over the 27 points he won during his debut season in the sport and finished 10th in the drivers standings.

 

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