F1 » EXCLUSIVE Trulli happy away from F1

Upcoming motorsport journalist George East chats to Jarno Trulli

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February 10, 2013 3:49 PM

Trulli was never a top driver and never had the stamina to last a race at 10/10. So a bit of sour grapes is to be expected.
As a rule, F1 has always been an exclusive club for weathy/well connected drivers. Therefore the bull***t about the lesser skills of today's pay drivers does not hold any water. The last 2 seasons were the most excitng in a long long time with tough racing happening all the way down the grid. Much more entertaining than watching the rest fighting for second place behind a Maclaren/Ferrari/Williams, depending on who had the best engine. We were also privileged to watch 6 world champions mixing it up with pay drivers and the latter did not disgrace themselves even if it at times they were somewhat excitable.
Long may it last.


February 10, 2013 6:47 PM

wiseguy. trulli did win in f1, and certainly was a top driver for a number of years. maybe you were not watching?

and yes, f1 has always been a rich mans sport, but talent does shine through. Vettel was not a rich kid, but his talent shone through and he was picked up by a mentor. and the same could be set of lulu, who got a mentor at a very young age. i think that any of the drivers in the top half of the grid, are there on merit. unfortunately, you cannot buy talent.
perez is really the only pay driver who has shown ability.

jim crint - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 7:26 PM

I liked Trulli, he could be really quick on his day. He makes a good point about pay drivers, but it's also true to say that F1 has always been an expensive sport and there has always been a few well supported drivers, along with a few rich kids, who've driven when perhaps they should not have done.

But I don't agree with his point about needing manufacturers in F1, not as constructors anyway (of course, you need them for the engines)

Here are the teams for the 1989 season -

Benneton, McLaren, Williams, Ferrari, Zakspeed, Arrows, Lotus, March, Brabham, Tyrell, March, Osella, Oynx, Dallara, Minardi, Ligier, Coloni, Lola, EuroBrun, First, Rial.

This was when I first became aware of F1 and it seemed to be pretty exciting and is looked back on as a halcyon period, some all-time great drivers on the grid, some epic races!

Nanbawan - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 9:10 PM

I think people who do not enjoy the path F1 is going to have the right to express their views in a commentary section or is there a "legit" set of opinions ?

As far as I'm concerned, I have mixed views about what F1 is becoming. There are definitely some worrying trends even if I reckon from a technical point of view, you can't go back to the 70's, that's simply not feasible in the current context.

I'm not complaining too much, there are 5 teams who build their own car and are fighting tooth and nail which is still a great feat of the series.

The financial context leads to the current trends of pay drivers (I don't consider Maldonado to strictly be one but the fact that GP2 champ Valsecchi doesn't have a ride while drivers who came behind him speaks volume...) and indeed the all for the show and marketing bias do bug me even if once again nothing new there but certainly new heights...

kiwibob - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 12:39 AM

Wow attack a guy just because he has a different point of view and even tell him not to watch it or post his views . The people who post those sort of answers on here are the ones who need to look at themselfs because i have no problem with another persons point of view i hate it when some on here lie on a thread then as soon as its pointed out vanish to another thread . So well done you heros or is it bullys

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