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2013-02-04 12:45

NO MONEY EQUALS NO JOB: It seems money is the name of the game in F1, well at least according to Vitaly Petrov's (above) manager.

Vitaly Petrov's manager, Oksana Kosachenko, admits Caterham was the Russian driver's "only possibility" to stay in Formula 1 for 2013.

Kosachenko said: "We knew about the decision of the team, which we have to respect." He was referring to Giedo van der Garde's deal for 2013.

Lamenting the sport's current situation, she said: "F1 is really expensive at the moment. "Actually it isn't a sport, it's becoming a show, and I believe we have more and more rental drivers."

Ironically, Petrov was initially branded a “pay driver” when he debuted in 2010, but Kosachenko argued: "I believe a driver who has shown his possibilities in F1 within three years deserves to be supported."

OTHER OPTIONS

Kosachenko said she would now look at other options, such as a test-driver seat for 28-year-old Petrov. "We have a few offers to stay in F1, around the paddock, so we have to decide what is the best for him," she said, adding that a race seat outside F1 was "likely not" an option.

She expressed disappointment in Russian companies and the organisers of the new Russian GP in Sochi in 2014, after race organisers turned down her request for sponsorship.

"We have to do something to promote the Sochi GP and this is a mistake they are making.”


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