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Vitaly Petrov boosted by new sponsor

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Vitaly Petrov: new sponsor increases his hopes of staying with Renault © Getty Images
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Vitaly Petrov's chances of retaining his seat with Renault in 2011 have been boosted with news that another Russian sponsor has joined the team.

Recently, the logos of Vyborg Shipyard - reportedly with Petrov's father sitting on the board - were added to the livery of the R30. And now in Japan, Renault has announced another deal for the rest of the season with Flagman, a Russian vodka brand.

"We have worked hard this year to develop new relationships in Russia," team owner Gerard Lopez said. "We are pleased to see this effort bearing fruit."

Flagman gushed Petrov "presents a unique opportunity to enhance the brand within its domestic market".