F1 » EXCLUSIVE Trulli happy away from F1

Upcoming motorsport journalist George East chats to Jarno Trulli

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KGBVD - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 7:30 PM

Wow, Jarno, I can spell the bitterness from here!

Some drivers overstay their welcome, and just because they are replaced with a pay driver doesn't mean that they were shafted. Trulli was OK, just that, the perfect #2 to Alonso. Just like Massa. Just like Barrichello.

These drivers are also-rans, and the fact that they are replaced by other mediocre drivers who have money doesn't mean anything. As a team boss would you rather have an OK driver, or an OK driver who brought money?

Trulli will be remembered for Trulli Trains, Kovalinen for being whomped by Hamilton for 2 years, Barrichello for Austria 2002, and Glock for sliding off the road at the last corner of 2008. Hardly a list of everlasting heroic drives.

Remember REAL pay drivers like Mazzacane and Yoong? Guys who were SOOOO slow - today's "pay" drivers have talent at least - Maldonado, Perez, van de Garde. I'd rather watch new guys like them than an ancient grid of drivers like Trulli.


February 16, 2013 2:45 AM

I'm not sure that it makes a difference whether they are good or bad, talent-wise. It makes a big difference whether they are unsafe. What they need to do, if anything, is something akin to European football, where the bottom drivers (in either points or finishes or whatever) have to sit out a year. Maybe even the teams. It's not really "racing" when you've got riders crashing themselves and others out of the race. 20 teams on the grid, 19 are going to lose, 10 are never going to podium. Most of them are going to lose money anyway. Let them run and have fun.

luke - Unregistered

February 16, 2013 7:42 AM

Funnily enough his career was ruined when he was out qualifying and outscoring Alonso in 2004, Falvio couldn't take the fact he was beating his star driver(he has natured Alonso since very young) so he gave him secondary equipment untill Trulli got fed up and left to Toyota the next year Renault had the best car and he was stuck in the midfield with toyota.

tbonz - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 5:43 PM

Wiseguy, you have to be kidding me! Jarno spent how many years in F1 competeing for several teams doing the best he could with the equipment he was given. But I am sure you know more than the team managers of Renault, Toyota, Jordan ect.... Maybe he was only driving because he paid his way onto the team..oh, wait a minute...

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