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Petrov left out of Renault talks

ESPNF1 Staff
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Vitaly Petrov could be ooking for a new drive in 2011 © Sutton Images
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Renault has reportedly left Vitaly Petrov out of talks about being Robert Kubica's team-mate in 2011.

Petrov has failed to step out of the shadow of the highly rated Kubica so far in 2010 leading to widespread reports that the F1 rookie will make way for another driver at Renault next season.

"Next year is in hand, the talks will be held later," said Petrov at F1 demonstration event alongside Jenson Button in Moscow over the weekend.

With the Enstone based team expected to have a significant cash injection for the seasons to come, several experienced drivers are reportedly being considered for Petrov's seat, including Kimi Raikkonen, Nick Heidfeld, Heikki Kovalainen, Christian Klien and Adrian Sutil.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi is also on the list.

"Some are fanciful, others are realistic because there are already discussions," team boss Eric Boullier told France's Auto Hebdo when asked about the reported candidates.

Italy's Autosprint also linked Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock with the Renault seat, although Nick Wirth said the rookie British team wants to retain the German.