Vitaly Petrov plans to banish thoughts about his Formula 1 future until the end of the season - despite an impressive performance in Hungary boosting his chances of remaining at Renault next year.
The Russian outqualified teammate Robert Kubica for the first time this season to grab seventh on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and set his sights on adding more points to his tally. With Renault bosses having asked for Petrov to deliver exactly what he has produced in recent races, the Russian said he had no doubts how competitive he would be at the Hungaroring.
"I knew I would be quick here because I know this track," he said. "When you know this track, you just need to learn the set-up to be driving in F1, but the rest is fine. So I knew I would be quick here.
"But about the future? I don't want to say anything about that. I will just wait until the end of the year and then we will see."
Petrov reckoned he had the potential to go even faster in qualifying, but still says he takes some satisfaction from starting ahead of his teammate.
"It was still possible to be quicker but anyway we are quite happy, the car is in top 10 so this is the most important thing," he explained. "To start ahead of Robert means something, but not a lot. The most important thing is that I am happy with the car, happy with my results and happy with things around me that have happened. When you sit in the car you never think you must beat this guy or somebody else, you just do you work."
Petrov said his target for the race is to finish in the top 10 - and more importantly not make any mistakes.
"First of all it will be a difficult first corner because it is very tight," he said. "Then, just who is doing the best tactics will win. You always want to finish in the top ten and do a clear race without some mistakes, without problems. This is the target."