Vitaly Petrov I don't like unfinished business
With Vitaly Petrov we met at the Moscow international automobile salon - the first Russian driver in Formula 1, and now the DTM racer, takes part in the action AVITO. In an exclusive interview nonf1.ru Vitaly told about how it is the season why in the German touring championship is not yet able to demonstrate their speed, and in any series he may be in the near future.
Vitaly Petrov Yes, there are still difficulties are unable to cope. I know what the problem is, but it will take time to understand. All the matter in difference DTM cars from the techniques that I've flown all my life. In the formulas, even in the GP2 series, I could make a difference and be reconfigured in the car, and in particular this applies to the steering column. In the Formula 1 and GP2, the sensitivity of the steering is quite different when you turn the steering wheel even at large angles, the wheels are turning quite a bit. Because of this rotation, you can precisely control the behavior of the machine. Throughout life I have learned to manage these machines. In DTM everything is different here when the wheel is turned just a few degrees of the wheel is greatly clear of the sides. So, you work in a very narrow range, move the wheel to literally millimeters. And my problems are not with the machine and not with the settings, and it is this. We even have experimented with engineers, leaving the machine settings the same, but changing the settings of the steering column to those to which I am accustomed. And in the circle immediately improved.
Question why not use these settings in the races
Vitaly Petrov Because the DTM is, in fact, monasery. There are many limitations, including the same steering columns. Speed in cornering and braking points, I the same as all other pilots, but I lose in stability, clarity of action. Due to the very sharp steering hard for me ideally to go full circle, constantly occurs oversteer. I little more work the wheel than the other, and every extra movement is a waste of time. We compare telemetry, and, say, five turns I drive exactly the same as my companions, but then one mistake and time on the range deteriorates. You lose a tenth, and at this range it will not play. This is not Formula 1, you can't take a turn better than all the others, because it is perfect passing one and all just try to be as close as you can.
Question What are you planning to do with it
Vitaly Petrov We tried to change the settings of the machine so as to increase downforce at the rear, but then appeared so strong understeer that lap with a good time, too, was impossible. If you want to stay next year in the DTM, I will specifically train for the tests" class="posttag">tests on the simulator it work with the steering wheel to try to adapt. If it will I be able to make progress.
Question What is the probability that you will be You are considering switching to another category
Vitaly Petrov We will soon begin negotiations with Mercedes, it will show. Suggestions there - I am in the world championship on races on endurance FIA WEC, and in the rally, but I don't like unfinished business. 'll see.
Question And no desire to try myself in new projects, such as Formula E
Vitaly Petrov Can open a secret - we negotiated with one of the teams on performance in Formula E, in parallel with the DTM championship. However, two phases are superimposed on each other, but this is not such a big problem on them instead of me behind the wheel could get another pilot. We have almost agreed, but at some point due to the pads with a visa, I was unable to attend the tests" class="posttag">tests, and they called another pilot - in General, did not work. Formula E is an interesting option, and there are strong pilots, many famous racers. The sound, however, is funny laughs. Let's see how they will succeed in the first season, and it is likely that he would try his strength in the second. Moreover, it is possible that in a year or two later, one of the stages will be held in Russia.
Question Formula E is an alternative DTM, or you want to perform in parallel
Vitaly Petrov It was, of course, about parallel performances. Frankly, I cannot understand why in the DTM only ten races. This is very little, and all the while you sit and do nothing. I would like to spend more time on the track, or to do other things associated with sports - something to do.
Question You said your name in world championship races on endurance. Talking about the GT
Question You this championship more interesting DTM
Vitaly Petrov I don't like unfinished business. This season I have not a lot has happened, a lot hasn't, and I want to prove that it's just a lack of experience. Knowing the reasons, I can deal with these problems. I hope that we will be able to change already in the remaining two races and on to the next season will be much better prepared.
Question Theoretically, performances in DTM and WEC can be combined, because there is too little racing.
Vitaly Petrov it is Possible, but much depends on the calendar. Although, of course, even if some races are the same, this is not a problem because the wheel will just sit another pilot. The most important thing that Mercedes were not against it. But I must say that until they go everywhere with us, and were not against performances in Formula E. we Have a very good relationship, and I'm glad they support me so.
Question And if we talk about the rally You were once at the rally and track racing, in fact it was there that he started his career.
Vitaly Petrov Yes, played for several years, and I am sure that now I will succeed. I know how to operate the machine and sports spikes and normal. Of course, there is a particular need to fully trust your Navigator, for example, so there is something to work on, but it is interesting. At the end of the season will talk about this with Mercedes.
Vitaly Petrov it is Important that everyone understands my engineers. When we started to work on the simulator, engineers said, "Yes, now we see that you need to manage. Because in the car DTM have cameras that allow you to see the pilot wheel, and on the simulator everything is perfectly visible.
Question how Much time you will need to adapt to this steering wheel
Vitaly Petrov I Think in the next season, the situation will improve. On the pre-season tests" class="posttag">tests this year I worked on understanding the machine, tried to understand this series. But now that we know what the problem is, we'll focus here on steering. All say that the DTM is not important settings of the machine, and that the pilot was the most comfortable driving, so he could take the turns without making unnecessary movements.
Question Theoretically, it is possible to work on the simulator
Vitaly Petrov actually no, because the simulator gives you only 20 of those sensations that they experience driving a real car. It cannot simulate such oversteer. Yes, it is possible to change the settings, different turns, but there are nuances that can only be dealt on the tests" class="posttag">tests. On stage we on this too, of course, work - let's see if I will be able to show some progress on Lausitzring.
Question How do you like the DTM championship in General
Vitaly Petrov It's a good League, but, as I said, in my opinion, there are a few stages. Besides the only thing that I don't like about them is very narrow scope for tactical combat. There is a rule according to which the soft rubber you can drive no more than 50 of the distance of the race. And a soft rubber at two seconds per lap faster than a hard and wear out very slowly. In the end, it is all go in the boxes on the middle distance, no matter what rubber did not start, and strategy all exactly the same. I would like to here something has changed - maybe the distance of the race increased, or wear rubber decreased to two pit-stop, and there's some kind of tactical combat. But otherwise all good.
Question "body" size and the review you are already accustomed to
Vitaly Petrov in the Beginning, when only sat in this car, it was certainly unusual. But now I feel comfortable, I even like it. Probably now have the formula to get used to laughs.
Question Thoughts on the Formula 1 you have left
Vitaly Petrov We are watching the situation, I know what places in teams free, but today it's all about money. If I was a sponsor, I am sure that next year would be appearing in the Formula 1. But such a sponsor I don't have.
Question And yet, you are pleased with your present life
Vitaly Petrov I'm not satisfied with their results. Because I understand what the problem is, but can't solve it overnight. The thing is that if you cannot change the settings of the machine, and in my case rail steering, you just need to skatyvaetsja in this championship, to get used to the car. It's real, but it takes a lot of time.
Question aren't you afraid in the end just to lose these few years
Vitaly Petrov I'm Afraid. Therefore, if you continue to act in DTM, test spend all your time on solving problems with steering - I don't want anything more to do on the test, yet do not understand. But most likely, next year everything will be much easier and better. Yes and the machine should be stronger.
There are quite specific rules, they are not the same for all, and designer, who took the lead, clamp, do not allow to develop the car. And his competitors, on the contrary, their cars can be improved. The result is that Audi and BMW have added so seriously that far ahead of us, and this year, unlike Formula 1, DTM Mercedes performs poorly. But now we got the opportunity to modify the car, and next year will greatly improve. Much is already evident in Lausitzring, where we will bring updates - however, it's unknown whether all of them machines, or only some.
Vitaly Petrov it's Hard to say. Of course, if now the machine Rosberg and Hamilton would be heavier, a little bit equalise the chances. But on the other hand, I am not a fan of such solutions is still better when all are on equal footing. And then, we are in the championship cars BMW now the most difficult, they have 20 kg of ballast more than we do. Nevertheless, Marco Wittmann still all ahead - it feels great machine and test it.
text Elmir Valeev