With the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for 2014 and Formula 1 having the likes of a Russian team in Marussia, all that was left to complete the package was a driver.
In came Vitaly Petrov at Caterham, replacing Jarno Trulli ahead of only the second pre-season test for 2012, securing a drive in what would be his third year in the sport.
The Russian driver, a first from his country, made his F1 debut with Renault in 2010 and after numerous inconsistent performances , he shone at the season-finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that year.
At the Yas Marina circuit, Petrov ensured that he stayed ahead of Fernando Alonso, a favourite to win the title, to finish sixth. That was enough to deny the Ferrari driver his third title but earned plenty of accolades for Petrov and he took that form to the following season as well.
The team, now renamed as Lotus, provided a competitive car in 2011 and Petrov climbed on the podium at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
His performances however started dipping midway through the season as rival teams caught up with the Enstone-based outfit with Petrov finishing the year on a damp squib. The results meant that he was dropped for the following year.
But for 2012, he made a surprise return with Caterham and although the team is yet to offer any substantial promise, Petrov has got another opportunity to revive his career.