Petrov to Sign Renault Deal in December
And it was his very manager Oksana Kosachenko who hinted that a deal would likely be signed in December. She did not disclose the stage of the negotiations with Renault, but the deadline for inking the agreement would be the second week of next month.
“I am still working in this direction, but so far nothing definite can be said. Most likely, we'll sign a contract in the second week of December,” said Kosachenko, according to the GMM news agency, citing the Moscow published Sovetsky Sport newspaper. In addition, she revealed that she's seeking a 2-year commitment for Petrov, which would keep the Russian in F1 at least until the end of 2012.
Even though Petrov doesn't necessarily have to assist the negotiations, Kosachenko revealed her client is currently taking a vacation off F1 and will stay like that for the upcoming 3 weeks.
“Vitaly is on vacation now and he'll spend the next two to three weeks outside Russia,” she added, after previously telling the media that even if the Renault F1 bosses don't prolong Vitaly's stay in the series, she has a backup plan for the 26-year old to continue his F1 career.
Nick Heidfeld, a driver who has been linked with a move to Renault these past few weeks, spoke openly about his slim chances of joining the Enstone based squad in 2011, especially now that Russia is becoming more involved in the Great Circus through several initiatives.
“Since (Russian president) Vladimir Putin became a Formula One fan, Petrov has even more support in his pocket,” said Nick Heidfeld, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.