Petrov eyes speedy return

Vitaly Petrov could be set to take his place in the Renault for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix despite his worrying crash in Monaco last week. The Russian smashed into the barrier of the swimming pool part of the Monte Carlo track with six laps to go, with serious fears that he had broken his leg. The scans have played down fears of a serious injury and now the 26-year-old is eyeing this weekend’s Montreal held race, something those looking at the F1 tips will be pleased to hear.

“I’m fine. I have some hurting in my legs, but it should be fine for Canada. At the hospital they did a full body check and analysis and it looks like I’m fine. I need just a little bit of rest and then we’ll see what is going on,” he said.

Petrov’s collision occurred when he attempted to avoid Jaime Alguersuari’s and Lewis Hamilton who had made contact following Adrian Sutil’s crash. It was the second major accident of the weekend after Sergio Perez was knocked unconscious in qualifying, but both drivers are expected to be fit in time for the race. That said, those placing an F1 weekend bet are unlikely to back them.

Petrov’s season hasn’t lived up to its promising third place finish in Australia at the start of the year. Failure to finish in the top-five since the opening race of the year sees the Renault driver down in ninth in the driver’s championship. Petrov’s team-mate Nick Heidfeld has fared better but only just, something Renault will be keen to start improving as soon as possible, starting this weekend in Canada.

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