Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, The National's Gary Meenaghan was able to chat with Renault's Vitaly Petrov about several issues including next season.
Petrov is secure with Renault
q Singapore was not a great race for you. Do you expect this weekend to be better?
a I told [my engineers] Singapore would be bad. I knew it; my driving - from what I feel in the car - I told them if we don't do something magic, we can't go through Q3. [Suzuka], though, definitely, I hope it will be better. The car looks much stronger.
Are you happy with the speed of development on the car?
No, not really. We stopped developing for this year, because we knew we would not be able to create something incredible to pass Mercedes [in the constructors' championship], so we concentrate on next year.
Some drivers went to Thailand after Singapore to relax. Did you get a chance to have a break between races?
I was in Oxford. But in London it was 30°C and fantastic all week. I was surprised; there were no clouds from Tuesday through to Monday. I took my bicycle and went around town and to London. Although I would prefer to go to Scotland.
There are rumours about your future at Renault. Are you talking to the team about your seat for next year?
I am comfortable. It's just press talk. I am allowed to visit the factory and see what is happening with next year's car, so I don't think I need to be worried.