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Trulli laments 'perfect' reliability 'a loss of appeal for F1'

Team Lotus star Jarno Trulli rues that 'perfect' reliability is leading to a lack of unpredictability and 'a further loss of appeal for F1' - after all 24 cars saw the chequered flag in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia
In the wake of a race that he conceded was 'the most boring of the year', Jarno Trulli has lamented that the nigh-on bulletproof reliability of modern-day F1 cars and the increasing absence of 'mechanical failure' and unpredictability is contributing towards 'a further loss of appeal' for the sport.

Trulli both qualified and finished 20th in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia for Team Lotus, and the closest the Italian veteran has got to the points this season has been 13th place, as 'perfect' reliability amongst the front-runners has left slim pickings indeed for the grid's midfielders, let alone its tailenders.

Of those considered to be mid-pack contenders, only Scuderia Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari and Force India F1's Adrian Sutil troubled the points-scorers around the harbourside streets of the Spanish city, as for just the fourth time in the sport's six-decade history, every car that started the race also saw the chequered flag.

Trulli fears that the current trend of engineering excellence has rendered the human element 'ever-less important', and that consequently, F1 has become less exciting and risks the desertion of its fans.

“We broke a new, previously unthinkable record in Valencia,” the former Monaco Grand Prix-winner wrote in his regular column for La Repubblica newspaper. “All 24 cars that started the race got to the finish – no failures, no retirements, no crashes. [Narain] Karthikeyan is the first driver in F1 history to finish 24th. Whether this is a positive or negative record, it depends on the driver and his ambitions. Perhaps I wouldn't like it.

“In any case, this record is a bit paradoxical and has a precise significance; the Valencia race in my opinion has indicated another winner, besides [Sebastian] Vettel as usual. That winner is technology. After having won hands-down, in the last few years, the battle against the human element – ever-less important in F1 – it (technology) has ended up winning the philosophical battle against the unexpected and more generally against the unpredictable, something that in our world is called 'mechanical failure'.

“Between ten and 15 years ago, when I started racing [in F1], a driver knew how he'd start a race, but wouldn't know how he would finish it. In fact, he didn't even know whether he would finish it. Nowadays, instead, reliability has become ordinary – cars have four wheels and are reliable. I can't remember the last time an engine broke down in an F1 race. Constructors have become excellent at quality control, and no detail is left to chance.

“This implies two things; the first is that the chances for a small team to get into the points have sensibly reduced, the second is a further loss of appeal for F1. It's no coincidence that the Valencia race has been the most boring of the year.”

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26.06.2011- Race, Start
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10.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
09.06.2011- Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
25.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
10.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
20.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
21.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
20.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
25.05.2011- Press conference, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
16.04.2011- Qualifying, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
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Wriggla - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 12:53 PM

I sort of agree with him, i miss the days when some races were more of a lottery. rather than these days having we have to resort to gimmiks to make people pass and make the races interesting

The Rottenweiler - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 2:28 PM

Silverstone GP 2011, Result 18 retirements Trulli wins Quotes Fernandes, one of the best days of my life how Jarno kept infront of the safety car was incredible Gascoyne, This win is a turning point for the team to win at one of our many home races is fantastic. My huge salary has been justified Trulli, This was my best race ever, it was touch and go for the last few laps but I managed to hold off the pressure from the safety car and beat him into the last corner.

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