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Trulli raises doubts over F1 future

Jarno Trulli hints that he might not continue in F1 beyond the end of the current season
Jarno Trulli has cast doubt on his F1 future by hinting that he could be prepared to leave the sport if he can't find a competitive drive.

Trulli joined Lotus last season following the departure of Toyota from the sport and endured a difficult campaign as the team made its debut on the grid.

Lotus were widely expected to challenge in the midfield this season and fight for championship points but Trulli has yet to make it out of Q1 and has only twice finished inside the top 15.

The results – or lack of – this season have now led to questions about Trulli's future beyond his current deal, which ends at the end of 2011, and the Italian admitted he wasn't sure if he would still be in Lotus colours again in 2012.

"I want to see how things evolve," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport 'paper. "I'm used to fighting for the podium, for victory. It's tough this way. I could have a look around and leave F1, without quitting racing.

"I'm not interested in Indy, while endurance racing like the 24 Hours of Le Mans maybe yes, with a strong team. But I'm not thinking about it now, I want to keep my mind clear. Then we'll see."

Trulli's main problem this season has been a lack of feedback from the power steering fitted to his car, which has prevented him from getting the best from the T128 in either qualifying or on race day.

"These are not good times for me,” he said. “After a 2010 of settling in, I was expecting to be fighting in the middle of the pack, instead we are always at the back. Lotus is still building up experience."


Tagged as: Jarno Trulli , Lotus

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USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 4:32 PM

I don't really think there is much doubt about Trulli's future- he will get out of F1 and move to another form of racing. The questions is when. Not saying Trulli is a bad driver, just not good enough against the competition if F1. And it is NOT just the car. Moving on would likely give him more success elsewhere and free up a space for either a new, untested pilot up from development or a new driver with money for the team. Ideally both, of course, as they can use both money and talented drivers. The sooner Trulli moves on, the btter for the team AND him.

Ozzy - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 5:52 PM
Last Edited 186 days ago

I dont agree with all the Trulli knockers here, he has had a bag of sh1t for a car for 2 seasons trusted the poison dwarf Gascoyne's words "we will be beating the mid field runners by Barcelona" as for Kov-whateverhis-name-is Trulli is still a better driver than him



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