Vitaly Petrov has revealed that he could have signed with the Campos or BMW-Sauber teams for 2010.
The Russian rookie, who finished last year’s GP2 championship in second place, will made his grand prix debut this season for Renault.
“I chose Renault, just as I could have chosen BMW-Sauber, for one simple reason,” said the 25-year-old, whose funding purse is believed to be as high as EUR15 million.
“I will learn more and faster with a team that has been around for a long time,” he insisted.
“It’s better to be lost in the middle of a big city than in the middle of Siberia!” Petrov added.