Petrov to drive for Cateram, first Russian in F1

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HINGHAM, England (AP) -- Vitaly Petrov is replacing Jarno Trulli at the Cateram F1 team, becoming the first Russian driver in Formula One.

Caterham, formerly known as Team Lotus, says Petrov is at the team's factory in Hingham on Friday for a seat fitting and will take part in preseason testing in Barcelona next week.

Team principal Tony Fernandes says "as the first Russian to race in F1 he carries the hopes of a huge nation."

Fernandes says he is sorry to let Trulli go "but now it is time to open a new chapter in our team's story, and Vitaly is the right person to help us do that."