Vitaly Petrov, Algarve, 2020

Vitaly Petrov steps down as steward following death of father

2020 Portuguese Grand Prix

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The father of former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has died in Russia.

Multiple media outlets in the country have reported Alexander Petrov died at the family home in Vyborg this evening.

His son Vitaly raced in Formula 1 between 2010 and 2012. He is serving as an FIA steward for the first time at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

The FIA has confirmed Vitaly Petrov has stepped down from his duties this weekend due to “a personal bereavement”.

“The thoughts of the FIA are with Vitaly and his family at this time,” it added.

“Bruno Correia, Safety Car Driver in the FIA Formula E Championship and FIA WTCR will take over the position.”

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13 comments on “Vitaly Petrov steps down as steward following death of father”

  1. That is a shocking development. Sorry for the family and for Petrov.

  2. Condolences to Petrov and his family, that’s extremely sad.

  3. Very sad. God bless him.

  4. Such awful news, my condolences to Vitally.

  5. Multiple sources reported the couse as homicide, oo.

  6. My condolences. I’m sure he taught Petrov very well to be the sort of man he is today.

  7. May he rest in peace.

  8. Terrible news, condolences to Vitaly and his family.

  9. Very sad turn of events. Condolences to his family.

  10. Sad to hear. :(

  11. Well, if thats an option.. I have some requests myself then from over the last decade f1fanatics hahaha. Dont think censorship is going to do us all a favour

    1. Ah, the thread I responded to was indeed removed…

    2. They were just disrespectful comments.

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