F1 » Trulli: F1 has 'taken an ugly turn', talent no longer counts

Team Lotus F1 veteran Jarno Trulli has launched an outspoken attack on the sport, claiming it has 'taken an ugly turn' of late in prioritising money over talent - sending it back 20 years...

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Marybeth - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 2:19 AM

“Even within real competitors money talks. Which potential WDC will be more profitable and not let the best driver win.” i.e., Alonso with Santander money buying a seat at Ferrari & pushing Kimi out.
@50 cent & eddie, Kimi was merit alone.


January 12, 2011 4:12 AM

Not only well said to Trulli but all he said is honesty and facts, it also reinforces what SV said as to who are the present and certainly the feature teams of FI, it also goes to show that the smaller teams are no good to FI, the situation FI found itself in is as a result of the manufacturers leaving F1 (Honda, Toyota, BMW and now Renault) and unless these return F1 will not return to the good old days.


January 12, 2011 6:02 AM

True just like moto gp.lorenzo dont bring more money than vale and is not italian fiat leave.how do expect the sport 2grow you not backin the futr guys.vale killin and buildin moto gp.money and nepotism killin moto gp.just wonder wat will happen when he leaves. Shame on you all bout money.users.viva H r C Andrea,Casey&Danimight.2011

Calvin _

January 12, 2011 11:02 AM

Yes, in an ideal world, talent surpasses all. But we're not in an ideal world, far from it. We've got these new teams, who are struggling for money and we're in a crisis, so guess what? Money talks. It talks further up the grid than just the new teams too, just look at the Hulkenburg-Maldonado situation. I was reading the Pantano story in F1 Racing and it was the same even back then. 2 days before he was supposed to sign with Jaguar, Klein arrived with more money and that was that. It's not pretty, it's real life.

Adrian - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 11:33 AM

Ok, so the 16 Italians in 1990 were? (start of season)
Riccardo Patrese, Michele Alboreto, Allessandro Nannini, Emmanuele Pirro, Pierluigi Martini, Bruno Giacomelli, Nicola Larini, Andrea DeCesaris, Alex Caffi, Gianni Morbidelli, Enrico Bertaggia?, Stefano Modena, Gabrielle Tarquini, Ivan Capelli (14)
Can anyone fill in the last 2 or make any corrections?

Rob - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:23 PM

Acording to Wikipedia its, drum roll Paolo Barilla and Claudio Langes. Hands up anyone who remembers them?

It also says that "Paolo is one of the heirs of the vast Barilla pasta empire" and that Claudio Langes "failed to pre-qualify for all 14 of the grands prix that he entered with EuroBrun (still a record)" so both probably low on the talent/money ratio, and things aren't actually that different

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:49 PM

That was 16 out of about 40 drivers or so, so it isn't quite as extreme as it sounds. What happened since is that Schumacher came along, was successful, and that made F1 very popular in Germany. We now have 6(?) Germans in F1, and they all grew up being inspired by Schuey. Alonso's success probably brought more Spanish interest into F1. But where are the successful Italian drivers? Trulli being fast over a single lap and then being a mobile chicane in the race isn't going to inspire kids to say (in Italian) "When I grow up, I want to be like Jarno".

And why should changing proportions of nationalities be a bad thing. In ten years time we might have four Poles and two Russians, and in twenty years time we might be back to seven Italians. F1 isn't about what nationality you are, and its a sport where (in the UK at least), you can happily support a German or a Brazilian and nationality just doesn't come into it.

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