How Petrov proved his star quality

How Petrov proved his star quality

Vitaly Petrov's third place in Melbourne was one of the season-opener's big shocks, but Renault's top men were always convinced the Russian had it in him, as they explained to Adam Cooper

There was so much to talk about after the Australian Grand Prix that Vitaly Petrov's third place for Renault went largely unheralded. It was a brilliant performance by the Russian and his team, and while inevitably we all wondered 'what would Robert Kubica have done with that car,' the race showed that Petrov is much stronger than he was a year ago.

Not only is he more experienced, but the dynamic in the camp has changed, and he's seized the opportunity provided by Kubica's enforced absence to make his mark.

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