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Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015

Alonso to struggle at McLaren in 2015 admits Trulli

Fernando Alonso's former teammate doubts the Spaniard's high-profile switch from Ferrari to McLaren will result in instant success. But Jarno Trulli, who was Alonso's teammate at Renault over a decade ago, does think the end of the five-year partnership with Ferrari was inevitable. "I think after five years of marriage with Ferrari, when it did not result in a world championship, which is what Fernando expected, it is normal that the end came," the 40-year-old Italian said. "For both sides. For Fernando and for Ferrari, […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Slade: Raikkonen back at the top of his game

After two solid race performances in a row, Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer, Mark Slade is convinced that the Finn is back at the top of his game despite being away from Formula 1 for two seasons. "I think he's the same young kid who was a superstar when he arrived on the scene. He looks as fit as he's ever been and is absolutely at the top of his game as far as I can see," Slade said in an interview with Autosport. The Briton […]

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Massa tries to ignore axe rumours

Felipe Massa's Ferrari seat is a big talking point in the Sepang paddock on Thursday. Following a dire performance in Australia for the Brazilian, the Italian press has named Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil and even Jarno Trulli as possible candidates to immediately oust Massa. Mexican Perez, the cream of Ferrari's development programme and already at Ferrari-powered Sauber, said in Malaysia: "It's very early to say that or speculate." Very keen for a chance like this, however, is Force India refugee Sutil, who has been left […]

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ferrari denies reports Massa could be replaced soon

Ferrari has swiftly denied reports Felipe Massa could be dumped even before his 2012 contract runs out. Among the Italian press' hypothetical candidates for the struggling Brazilian's seat are Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil and even the out-of-work Italian Jarno Trulli. But according to O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio, Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni dismissed the reports as being "without foundation". Colajanni added that Ferrari is fully supportive of Massa's situation, and has built up a new F2012 chassis for him to race this weekend […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

'Gazzetta' proposes Perez, Sutil for Massa's seat

Felipe Massa's Formula One career appeared in deep crisis on Wednesday, as the Italian press lined up multiple candidates to replace him. Earlier, the weekly Autosprint suggested out-of-work grand prix winner and Italian Jarno Trulli is available to step in immediately to replace the beleaguered Brazilian, whose contract expires this year. Ferrari seemed to clear a path for the 30-year-old's removal by moving to replace his F2012 chassis ahead of Sepang, "to clear up any doubts about the unusual performance of his car" last weekend […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Report links Trulli with Massa's Ferrari race seat

One race into the 2012 season, the Italian press has already named a candidate for beleaguered Ferrari driver Felipe Massa's seat. On notice by the famous team and with an expiring contract, the Brazilian driver had a nightmare 2012 opener in Australia. Mika Salo, the 1999 Ferrari substitute driver, told broadcaster MTV3 that Massa's performance, "compared to Alonso's, was very poor". Autosprint, the Italian weekly, has suggested the out-of-work grand prix winner Jarno Trulli is available to step in immediately to replace Massa. The Maranello […]

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012

Ferrari glass half full but no improvement yet

Fernando Alonso kept up a positive outlook on Sunday despite some Italian newspapers describing Ferrari's situation as a "crisis". Melbourne qualifying confirmed the famous team's winter woes, but Spaniard Alonso fared better in the race. "After the way qualifying went, ending up with ten points behind the top two teams is good news," he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The sports daily Marca described the attitude as Alonso "seeing the glass half-full". "For the Ferrari fans I say 'wait a few races'," former […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Petrov insists Alonso also a 'pay-driver'

Vitaly Petrov has hit out again at his 'pay-driver' label, insisting even the highest paid driver on the grid has a similar arrangement with his team. "I see no difference between myself and Alonso," said the Russian, who has moved his lucrative backing from Renault (now Lotus) to the Caterham team for 2012. His new appointment is controversial, given he has ousted the experienced veteran and former Monaco winner Jarno Trulli, who was the last Italian in F1. Comparing himself with Alonso, Petrov told La […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Petrov as good as Trulli says Caterham boss

Caterham's team boss insists Vitaly Petrov is just as good as the experienced grand prix winner he replaced. Just ahead of the 2012 season, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes decided to oust former Monaco grand prix winner Jarno Trulli with Russian Petrov, the well-sponsored Russian and former Renault driver. "I think he (Petrov) is as good a driver as Trulli, but he obviously brings a Russian commercial element," Fernandes told the US cable news channel CNN. "It gives us the ability to exploit commercial opportunities in […]

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012

Caterham to run aero test at IDIADA

After a tough week at Barcelona, Caterham have announced plans to run an aero test at the IDIADA Automotive Facility on Monday, which will be carried out by Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen. After the team replaced F1 veteran Jarno Trulli with Russian driver Vitaly Petrov last week, Caterham have been making various changes to their car to accommodate their new driver. This has included great amounts of setup work, with the team searching for the best setup for the Russian driver. “We spent quite a […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trulli reveals Ferrari offer

Jarno Trulli has revealed he was offered a seat at Ferrari some years ago. After fifteen consecutive seasons in Formula One, the 37-year-old Italian has lost his Caterham race seat to the well-backed Russian Vitaly Petrov. 2004 Monaco grand prix winner Trulli, 37, drove since 1997 for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault and Caterham's former guise Lotus. Writing in his New York Times blog, correspondent Brad Spurgeon said Trulli was made the Ferrari offer while he was racing for Toyota between 2005 and 2009. Trulli reportedly […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jones: Replacing Trulli with Petrov a no-brainer

1980 world champion Alan Jones has backed Caterham's decision to replace Jarno Trulli with Vitaly Petrov. Despite having extended the Italian veteran's contract for 2012, the former Lotus team decided at the last minute to sign the well-backed Russian. Caterham explained that Petrov brings "fresh impetus" to the team, whilst also admitting that the decision was made "with a realistic eye on the global economic market". One French report has calculated the 27-year-old's sponsorship contributions at EUR 12 million, including money from Russia's largest petrochemical […]