F1: Top 10 One-Off Podium
#8 Vitaly Petrov
Vitaly Petrov was comfortable right from the start of that race weekend at 2011 Australian Grand Prix, qualified to start the race at 6th with his Renault and went to finish the race at the podium in 3rd spot behind Vettel and Hamilton.
The battle was on for the top spot between Hamilton and Vettel until Hamilton went off track giving away a good lead to Vettel. Petrov held on to his 3rd spot despite the mounting challenges from Alonso and Webber. This maiden win for Petrov also brought some emotional uplift to the entire team after his teammate Kubica's life-threatening injury.
When Renault team signed Petrov for the 2010 season he became the first Russian to compete in a Formula One championship. After 2 seasons with Renault, he was signed by Caterham for the 2012 season. Petrov is very much remembered by Schumacher fans as he was involved in three contacts with Schumacher in 2011 season alone.Modified 20 Dec 2019, 17:17 IST