Petrov admits F1 return a headache but claims to have budget for DTM

20 November, 2013

Vitaly Petrov on the podium after finishing third at the 2011 Australian GP

Vitaly Petrov on the podium after finishing third at the 2011 Australian GP

Former Lotus driver Vitaly Petrov has admitted that he could switch to the German touring car series DTM in 2014, as securing a return to Formula 1 is proving to be a headache.

The Russian has been looking to return to Formula 1, having lost his Caterham seat at the end of last season.

“I have contacted Mercedes to find out their situation [regarding DTM],” Petrov told the Russian publication Championat. “I also know the situation in BMW.

“You could even say that I have the budget for DTM,” he added.

Petrov, 29, said arranging his return to Formula 1 is more of a ‘headache’, but insists the pinnacle of motor racing remains his top priority.

However, Championat said that Petrov is also set to test a rally car.

Asked what his chances are of a return to Formula 1 for 2014, he answered: “Basically the same as before. I am talking and waiting.

“Obviously the Williams seat is gone, but I am still talking with three teams,” revealed Petrov. (GMM)

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