Nicknamed the Vyborg Rocket, he is a Formula One driver who became the first Russian to compete in the Formula One World Championship. He was with Renault in 2010 and 2011, and with Caterham in 2012.
He first began competing in motorsport in 1998 in rally sprints and ice races before competing in the Russian Lada Cup in 2001, and dominating the competition the following year.
He competed in various European series between 2006 and 2009.
He was born in Vyborg, Soviet Union.
His teammate for his debut season in Formula One was Robert Kubica.