Since his exit from Formula 1 at the end of 2012, the Russian Vitaly Petrov has been given blind to manage their professional career. Without competitive activity in 2013, the pilot natural Vyborg was signed by Mercedes to compete in the DTM. With the Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé team Mücke Motorsport did not manage to score even a single point in the entire season and the completion of the same, he ended his adventure at the German Championship of passenger Cars. After a white new year, begins a new adventure. Vitaly Petrov will compete in the LMP2 WEC season 2016.
The Russian pilot 31-year-old has signed for the team SMP Racing and will compete at the controls of the BR Engineering br 01 airborne light, a prototype that has been developed in 2015 in the European Le Mans Series. Petrov will take the place of Mikhail Aleshin, countryman, who has spent a large part of last season working the br 01 airborne light, but that is set to compete in 2016 in the IndyCar series. Of time, the colleagues of Vitaly Petrov are not confirmed, neither for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, a test that will be used as preparation, or for the full season of the WEC, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Vitaly Petrov will start their competitive schedule -the Daytona at the margin – on the 16th of April, with the dispute of the 6 Hours of Silverstone. A path that is known in part thanks to his time in Formula 1, although LMP2 is very different. However, it should be noted that Petrov has previous experience in this type of vehicle. Vitaly Petrov already competed in the 2007 season in several races of the Le Mans Series and even contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the formation Noël del Bello Racing. The team formed by Petrov, Lanetta, and Halliday had to leave after 198 laps.