23 Dec 2010

Petrov stays with Renault

5:46 am on 23 December 2010

Russia's first Formula One driver, Vitaly Petrov has extended his contract with the Renault team for the next two years.

The Renault Formula One team will race as Lotus Renault GP next year under a long-term partnership with the Malaysian-owned sportscar company, who will also become co-owners.

Petrov will partner Poland's Robert Kubica next year.

Petrov's position with Renault has been uncertain after an inconsistent first season in Formula One.

He scored just 27 points to Kubica's 136 this year but stood out in the season-ending Abu Dhabi race when he finished sixth having kept Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had been leading the championship before the race, behind him for 40 laps.