F1: Trulli finally out

It was a last minute decision, but it finally happened: Jarno Trulli has been replaced at Caterham by Vitaly Petrov just before the start of 2012 season. A few days after this decision it was announced that Caterham would have a new Russian sponsor.

There were several comments on how this change shows that decisions on drivers are mainly motivated by money. There is some truth in this but in this particular case, the spotlight should be on the fact that Trulli’s performance over the past two seasons at Lotus / Caterham has been truly awful, especially when compared with teammate Heikki Kovalainen.

Trulli was a real F1 survivor. Having been unfairly forced out of Renault in 2004 after falling out with team principal and his own manager Flavio Briatore, Trulli managed to land a lucrative contract with underperforming big spenders Toyota. After a good 2005 season his performance dropped significantly but he was rewarded with a new 3 year contract. He did some occasional good performances for Toyota but was lucky to continue in F1 after the team shut down at the end of 2009. Now, after two lacklustre seasons at the back of the grid, his F1 career is finally over. Vitaly Petrov is no superstar but regardless of the big roubles he deserves a seat in Formula 1.

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