The week i was having Vitaly Petrov It was very moving. As soon as he started, he was chosen as commissioner for the Portuguese Grand Prix, at the Portimao circuit. This decision was very controversy, since in recent months the former Russian pilot had had a very hard crossing with Lewis hamilton. Petrov harshly criticized the social and racial activism that Hamilton was doing on the grid.
This Saturday, after the classification that left Hamilton at the head of the starting grid, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) confirmed that Petrov had left his post. However, there was only talk of a personal duel. As the hours passed, it was learned that the Russian’s father had been murdered on Saturday afternoon in his hometown.
Petrov’s father, Alexander Petrov, was a politician who served as a municipal deputy of the city of Vyborg. He was affiliated with the United Russia party, which is the party symbol of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. In addition, he owned the Vyborg Shipyard, which is a shipbuilding company, and the Vyborg Fuel Company, a fuel company.
The FIA statement
On Saturday afternoon, the FIA confirmed that Petrov was leaving Portimao. «The FIA confirms that, due to personal mourning, the commissioner for the Grand Prix of Portugal of Formula 1, Vitaly Petrov, will not continue with his duties for the rest of the weekend. The thoughts are with Vitaly and his family at this time. Bruno Correia, Safety Car driver in the Championship Formula E Y WTCR will assume the position ».
According to the Russian media, Alexander Petrov was assassinated at 6:00 p.m. (from Russia) and the shots were fired by ‘snipers’, as they were executed several meters away. He was also killed when he was going to swim in the river, after spending all day at home in his sauna.