Vitaly Petrov, the Russian former driver who was a steward at the Portuguese Grand Prix, has stepped down immediately after his father, Alexandr, was shot dead at his home in Vyborg, 80 miles north-west of St Petersburg. He will be replaced by Bruno Correia, the System E safety auto driver.
On Thursday Petrov experienced been criticised for staying applied in the stewarding purpose by Lewis Hamilton in response to the unfavorable responses Petrov experienced designed on the British driver’s anti-racist stance this season.
The FIA mentioned Petrov experienced stepped down from his position soon after “a individual bereavement” and Russian media is reporting the incident as an assassination. Petrov has returned dwelling to Russia.
The whole assertion from the FIA examine: “The FIA confirms that, due to a particular bereavement, the Driver Steward for the 2020 FIA Components 1 Portuguese Grand Prix, Vitaly Petrov, will not carry on with his responsibilities for the remainder of the weekend. The ideas of the FIA are with Vitaly and his spouse and children at this time.”
Petrov raced in F1 involving 2010 and 2012 for Renault, Lotus and Caterham. He built 57 race commences with a best complete of 3rd for Renault at the 2011 Australian GP. He has due to the fact gone on to contend in sportscar racing, including a third place in course at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2019.
Immediately after Hamilton’s criticism of the Russian’s remarks the FIA defended their final decision to use Petrov, noting that personal thoughts ended up not taken into account if they did not breach the sport’s rules or code of ethics.
The F1 race director, Michael Masi, expressed his sympathies and was self-confident that Correia would be equipped to phase into the position. “Firstly and most importantly our views with Vitaly and his relatives at this time,” he mentioned.
“With regards to a alternative driver steward, we’re lucky in that prolonged-time period FIA security car driver in System E and for the Entire world Touring Car Cup, Bruno Correia, lives regionally in Portimão. So he will be part of us tomorrow early morning. We arranged every little thing with regards to Covid testing and so forth, and he will be part of the stewards’ panel in the early morning. Naturally we’re pretty thankful to Bruno, and as I stated our feelings are with Vitaly and his family.”