Fernandes: Trulli was coming to end of his time
29 March 2012 – Tony Fernandes has shared his side of the story regarding the decision to drop Jarno Trulli at Caterham for the 2012 Formula 1 season. The Italian tested the team’s new car in Jerez, but was then replaced by Renault refugee Vitaly Petrov.
“Jarno played an incredibly important role in the first two years of our team,” the Team Principal and Malaysian entrepreneur is quoted as saying by the official F1 website. “He and Heikki (Kovalainen) both gave us the experience and the push we needed from day one to ensure we finished tenth in our first two seasons, and to set the standards we needed to mirror the teams they had both been with before joining us.
“In 2011 Jarno finished in positions that helped us seal that all-important tenth place in the championship, but he would be the first to say he was probably coming to the end of his time in F1. He had a long and very successful career and we are very thankful we were able to work with him for our first two years.
“But we wanted to bring in some new talent and Vitaly has proven to be an incredibly good acquisition for the team. He is quick, he is talented and he has settled in immediately. A few people said to me that he was quite quiet, but the opposite has proven to be true. He is hungry, he is very eager to keep proving he has the talent to mix it at the top and he has a great sense of humour. He has brought new energy to his side of the garage and we are all delighted he is with us.”
Trulli had competed in F1 since 1997, winning the Monaco Grand Prix in 2004.