The CNN-sponsored Caterham team have revealed Russian driver Vitaly Petrov will replace Italy's Jarno Trulli for the 2012 Formula One season.
Getting to grips with Caterham —
Petrov, who finished 10th in last year's drivers' standings, will drive his new car for the first time at next week's preseason test event in Barcelona, Spain.
Russian revolution —
Petrov made history in 2010 when he joined Renault to become Russia's first Formula One driver. He was paired with Robert Kubica, the Pole who has been out of the sport since suffering severe injuries in a preseason rally crash in February 2011.
Petrov's podium —
The best result of Petrov's career to date came at last year's season-opening Australia Grand Prix, where he finished third. He will make his race debut for Caterham at the same track next month.
Trulli's triumph —
Veteran Italian Trulli has started 256 grand prix's over 17 seasons. The 37-year-old's only race win in that time came at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix when he was driving for Renault. Caterham's decision to replace Trulli means there will be no Italian on the grid for the first time in 43 years when the 2012 season begins next month.