Trulli: Monza no different to other races
5 September 2011 – Jarno Trulli claims the Italian Grand Prix is no different to any other event on the Formula 1 calendar, despite Monza being the Lotus driver’s home race. Having first raced at the parkland circuit in F1 fourteen years ago, his best finish to date is fourth for Renault by storming through the field from the back of the grid in 2002.
“Monza’s a funny one for me,” he says. “As an Italian everyone expects it to be the most special race of the season for me, but really it’s not. I can’t really afford to treat it differently to any other race, as I want to make sure I can focus on the job every day I’m on-track and, even though there’s a lot of fans in the stands and friends and family around the paddock, I always try and treat it like any other race.
“Obviously the good thing for me is that it’s close to my home, so I do get to catch up with lots of people who I don’t normally have time to see, but ever since I started racing I was nearly always abroad. So while it’s obviously my home race, it’s not one I approach differently to any others.”
After an afternoon which featured contact between the two Lotus cars last time out in Belgium, confidence levels are up for the Pescara man.
“The car felt really good at Spa and I know we have the revised power steering system I used in Hungary back for this race, so I think we’ll be okay,” Trulli began to sum up. “We had very strong race pace in Belgium and if we can carry on like that in Italy we’ll be just fine.”