Vitaly Petrov is hoping that the strong form he showed during the Turkish Grand Prix will become the norm for him over the remainder of the season, even though he expects a tougher time in Canada this weekend.
The Russian put in the best performance of his rookie campaign at Istanbul two weeks ago, qualifying in the top ten for the first time and fighting hard for the points until a late-race collision with Fernando Alonso damaged his car. With his Renault team delighted at the step forward Petrov made, the man himself thinks he has now laid down a performance benchmark.
"For the Turkey weekend, we can say it was almost the best in terms of what we did," said Petrov. "On my side it was the best that I can expect and this is what I want each weekend to continue like until the end of the year."
Petrov believes that his improved form has been helped by Renault delivering him a car that he feels comfortable and confident in.
"Now I have started to understand what kind of car I like to drive. In Turkey I said thank you to my engineers because they did a fantastic job, and they changed a lot."
But despite his growing confidence, Petrov believes that Canada will be a big test for him, because he has never driven on the Ill de Notre Dame circuit before.
"Turkey I knew quite well because I was there in GP2 and I won. I knew each corner very well, and where I could improve," he said. "When you know the track, it is more positive, but here will be quite difficult."