Fresh from their exploits in Bahrain last weekend, Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov made a beeline for Viry-Chatillon this week to visit our engine plant in the Parisian suburbs. It was the chance for the drivers to meet the men and women who design and build the V8 engines in the back of their R30s. So there was plenty of hand shaking as the drivers were guided around Viry by their respective engine engineers (Ricardo and Thierry) and introduced to our engine technicians, mechanics and designers. As you’d expect, the drivers received a very warm welcome with autographs and photos in demand. After the introductions it was time for the drivers to see our 2010-spec engine being put through its paces on the dyno – the machine we use to replicate the demands the engine experiences when installed in the car. Before any engine leaves Viry it will undergo quick health check on the dyno to make sure it’s ready to hit the track. The engineers even let Robert listen to an engine play back the data from his quickest lap in Bahrain, which sounded pretty sweet. We’ve yet to perfect the V8 version of the Polish national anthem, but give us time ;-
Vitaly Petrov visited Renault plant in Moscow
On March 1st Vitaly Petrov was invited to visit a ceremony of starting new assembly line at Renault Russia plant. First ever Russian Formula One driver participated on ceremony at Moscow’s Avtoframos company – an event was dedicated to start of new Renault Sandero production.
Vitaly Petrov visited «Za Rulom Star Race 2010» racing show
On February 23rd Vitaly Petrov became an honored guest of «Za Rulom Star Race 2010» motorsport show. He participated at ice races against FIA Formula One vice-champion David Coulthard , Dakar Rally triumphant Firdaus Kabirov and ex-WTCC driver Timur Sadredinov. Winning a lot on ice in the very beginning of his carrier, Vitaly quickly found a speed and defeated all his competitors one after another.