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Jarno Trulli
Jarno Trulli
Born 13 July 1974
Pescara, Italy
Nationality Italy Italian
Formula One World Championship career
Years Active 1997-2011
Team(s) Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault F1, Toyota, Lotus
First Grand Prix 1997 Australian Grand Prix
Entries 256 (252 starts)
Wins 1
Pole Positions 4
Fastest Laps 1
Podiums 11
Career Points 246.5
Drivers' Championships 0
Final Grand Prix 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

Jarno Trulli is an Italian racing driver. He competed in Formula One from 1997 to 2011. His best result in the World Drivers' Championship was sixth place in 2004; this was also the year in which he scored the only win of his Formula One career at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix. Throughout his Formula One career, Trulli was renowned for his skill in qualifying, regularly achieving far better grid positions than rivals with superior cars to his own. Trulli retired from Formula One at the start of the 2012 after having competed in the championship for 15 years.

BiographyEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

His parents were motorsport fans and named their son after Jarno Saarinen, the Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racing champion who was killed at Monza in 1973. He started racing in karts at an early age. From 1988 to 1990 he was the Italian champion in 100cc karting, before becoming World Karting Champion in 1991.

In 1995 Trulli graduated to German Formula Three winning two races to finish fourth. After only a half season driving in F3, his results were impressive enough for three F1 teams to come calling. Trulli chose to go with Benetton who offered him a full season in the German F3 Championship with the KMS team. Trulli won six races and the Championship.

Formula OneEdit

1997Edit

In 1997 Trulli planned to race F3000 in Japan, but a call from Minardi allowed him to make his Formula One debut. His first races revealed his flowing style, and after 7 races he replaced the injured Olivier Panis at Prost and impressed immediately, finishing fourth in Germany and even leading in Austria, looking set to finish second until his engine blew. Panis returned for the last three races of the season ending Trulli's year. He finished the season in 15th place with a total of 3 points beating both Minardi teammate Ukyo Katayama and Prost teammate Shinji Nakano.

1998Edit

Trulli stayed with the Prost team for the 1998 season partnering Olivier Panis. The first year of the Prost-Peugeot partnership however was a disaster. The car was unreliable and inefficient, with Jarno scoring only a single point in Belgium where it rained. At the Canadian Grand Prix Trulli was involved in a turn one crash with Benetton driver Alexander Wurz bringing out the red flag. Trulli was not injured and restarted the race in the spare car. Trulli managed to beat his teammate Panis, who had hardly recovered from his injuries sustained the year before, finishing in 16th place overall.

1999Edit

Trulli once again stayed with Prost for 1999 alongside Panis. Trulli eventually scored his first podium in wet conditions at the 1999 European Grand Prix, staying cool under serious pressure from Rubens Barrichello to finish second. This was however not the norm, with only one other points score coming from the whole season in an uncompetitive car. He finished the season in 11th place with a total of seven points. Trulli was under contract for 2000 at Prost, but the team's relative lack of success enabled him to leave for Jordan Grand Prix.

2000Edit

In 2000 Trulli joined the Irish Jordan team run by Eddie Jordan, replacing the retired Damon Hill. The team was however no longer the force it had been in the late 1990s. His qualifying speed in particular impressed, but he was unable to score a podium. The team had been on course for major points at Monaco, but poor luck intervened: Trulli was ahead of eventual winner David Coulthard until his engine expired. Trulli managed to score 6 points and finish the season in 10th place behind teammate Frentzen.

2001Edit

Trulli stayed with Jordan for 2001, along side Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Jordan now had Honda power however the team's fortunes did not improve. Trulli managed to finish fourth at Barcelona and Indianapolis, and he finished the season in an improved 9th position with 12 points. Under long-term contract to personal manager (and Renault manager) Flavio Briatore, Trulli secured a contract with the Anglo-French squad for 2002.

2002Edit

Trulli Joined the new Renault F1 team for 2002, alongside Jenson Button. A tough year of car unreliability and bad luck followed, as the new team found its feet, however Trulli often outqualified his British teammate, but was generally shaded in races. His best finish was a fourth at Monaco and Italy. Trulli finished the season in 8th place in the WDC, with 9 points, his highest placing so far.

2003Edit

Regardless of Button's improved pace the previous season, it was Trulli who stayed at Renault for 2003 to partner promoted test-driver Fernando Alonso. The 2003 Renault was a strong car and in Alonso's hands won in Hungary. Trulli struggled to attain similar results, but did achieve a podium in Germany, his first since leaving Prost, and a fourth in the United States. He ended the season with a total of 33 points and finished once again in 8th place.

2004Edit

Mindful of how much Alonso had outperformed him in 2003, Trulli improved markedly the next year. For the first half of the season he was the better of the two Renault drivers, racking up regular points and podiums. At Monaco he finally took his first victory after a brilliant display from pole position. Having performed so well, the Italian was eager to stick with the team for 2005, but his relationship with team-boss Briatore soured. A last corner error which allowed Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello onto the podium in France enraged the team, and from that point his days with the French manufacturer were numbered.

For the second half of 2004, Trulli failed to gain any points and was consistently off the pace during races. He later accused the team of favouring Alonso, but the reasons why his 2004 season deteriorated have never been properly identified. He was sacked three races before the end of the season and replaced by 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. Trulli had already agreed to drive for Toyota in 2005, and his early exit from Renault allowed him to take up his new seat for the last two races of the 2004 season, replacing Ricardo Zonta. He ended the season in 6th place with 46 points, the best in his career.

2005Edit

Trulli started his first full year with Toyota in 2005. He achieved the team's first front row start by qualifying second in Australia, and then repeated that feat at the next race, the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix. Then, maintaining his position throughout the race, Trulli scored the team's first podium with a second place. Trulli followed this up with two more podiums, second place in Bahrain and third place in Spain. At the ill-fated Indianapolis Trulli took Toyota's first F1 pole (albeit with very low fuel). For the vast majority of the year he outpaced highly paid team-mate Ralf Schumacher, but a late season dip in form saw him slip to seventh in the championship with 43 points, two points behind the German.

2006Edit

In 2006, Trulli suffered a very poor start to the season. On the first lap of the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, he was taken out by David Coulthard. He seemed to be outpaced by team-mate Ralf Schumacher more often than not, but his reputation was restored when he raced to 6th from 4th on the grid at the Canadian Grand Prix. Following this was a 4th place in the United States Grand Prix. From then on, he would only score 3 more times, with a couple of 7th place finishes in the German Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix and also a 6th place in the Japanese Grand Prix. There was even bad luck here, as his car became troublesome to drive mid-race, and Ralf Schumacher was delayed in the process. Trulli was racing very well in the season finale at Interlagos, but bad luck robbed him again, as his car suffered suspension failure in only the first 10 laps, a fate which befell his team-mate at the same time. He finished 12th overall.

2007Edit

Trulli scored his first points of 2007 in Malaysia, finishing in 7th place after qualifying 8th. A couple more points followed in Bahrain, but he stalled on the grid at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix and dropped out during the early laps due to mechanical failure. Monaco brought no better fortune for Trulli, as he finished down in 15th place, just ahead of team-mate Schumacher, after qualifying his season-worst 14th. Points were collected by Trulli at the Indianapolis for 6th place. After a series of non-scoring runs, Trulli said that the result was 'incredible'. He also qualified well for the French Grand Prix but crashed with the Renault of Heikki Kovalainen on the opening lap, and duly retired because of the damage. Trulli accepted the blame for the incident. The second half of the season was disappointing with Trulli's only point coming in the final race of the season at Brazil.

Post season there had been reports that Trulli's contract was not safe, and that he may have be replaced in the Toyota team for 2008 by Heikki Kovalainen. These proved unfounded as Kovalainen signed for McLaren.

2008Edit

In 2008, Trulli was hoping Toyota would make a big step forward. Timo Glock was confirmed as his team-mate for the season. Trulli started the season quite well, with several points scoring finishes, the height of which was a fourth place finish in Malaysia. Trulli's qualifying performances were also very good throughout the first few rounds of the Championship. His form then slumped a little, with disappointing performances in Turkey and Monaco, as he finished in non-points scoring positions.

However, he bounced back from this with a 6th place finish in Montreal. He then topped that in France by finishing on the podium in 3rd place, holding off the challenge of Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica in the closing laps.

He qualified on the front row alongside pole-sitter Felipe Massa for the season-ending Brazilian GP, which was to decide the 2008 world championship between Massa and Lewis Hamilton. During the race, Trulli had several close shaves in the changeable weather conditions, and eventually finished 8th. His team-mate Glock played a pivotal part in the title outcome as he was passed by Hamilton on the last corner of the race, which gave the Englishman the championship by one point from Massa, who won easily.

2009Edit

Trulli was confident going into 2009. In the first race of the 2009 season, the Toyotas of Trulli and Glock started the race from the pitlane as their qualifying times were disallowed due to Toyota's flexible rear wing breaching regulations. Although Trulli started from the pit lane, he finished in an impressive 3rd place before being penalised 25 seconds, dropping him to 12th position for passing Lewis Hamilton under the safety car. A few days after this decision, Hamilton was disqualified from the race results for 'misleading' the race stewards by insisting that Jarno Trulli had passed him under the Safety Car although Hamilton in fact let him pass on purpose due to an order given by the team from the pitlane. Jarno Trulli therefore regained his third place finish. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Trulli qualified on pole position but due to an unconventional tyre strategy, he finished third. However he did record the fastest lap, the only time he has achieved this in his career. He holds the record of having started the most Grands Prix before recording a fastest lap.

He crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix after being forced off the track at the second corner and being collected by Adrian Sutil, and then had a poor performance in Monaco as the Toyotas qualified on the back row of the grid. Improvements saw him score points in three of the next four races, before the following four rounds saw him struggle again as he failed to finish in the Top 10. At the Singapore Grand Prix he placed 12th while team-mate Glock was second. Trulli then fought back at the Japanese Grand Prix (which would prove to be Toyota's last home race) by qualifying and finishing second. He then qualified fourth in torrential conditions in Brazil, but like in Spain collided with Adrian Sutil on the opening lap of the race, an incident which enraged Trulli as he blamed Sutil for the crash. His obvious display of anger towards Sutil (who also retired) afterwards earned him a $10,000 fine. Trulli finished seventh at the season finale in Abu Dhabi scoring his final points in Toyota F1's last race.

2010Edit

On 14 December 2009, Trulli was confirmed as one of the newly-formed Lotus team's drivers, joining former McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen. At the launch of the Lotus T127, Trulli admitted in an interview with Autosport that US F1 and Sauber had been in contact with him. He only finished one of the opening four races, a weaker reliability record than Kovalainen, leading him to note that "everything happens on my car and my car only – so to this day, my expectations have not been met". Across the season Trulli suffered seven retirements and no points finishes, he best result being fifteenth at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He ended the season in 21st place overall. At the end of the year, rumours circulated about the retirement of Trulli and his departure to NASCAR.

2011Edit

Trulli continued to drive for Lotus in 2011, with the team being renamed Team Lotus. He again partnered Kovalainen. Trulli's season started with thirteenth in Australia, before a retirement with a clutch problem in Malaysia. Trulli finished each of the next six races, equaling his best season finish of thirteenth in Monaco. In Britain, he retired with an oil leak.

For the German Grand Prix, Trulli was replaced by reserve driver Karun Chandhok. When he returned in Hungary, he retired due to a water leak. He finished 14th at both the Belgian Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix, where it was announced that Trulli would be retained for the 2012 season. After retiring in Singapore with a gearbox failure, Trulli finished 19th in Japan, 17th in Korea and 19th again, in India. At the final two races Trulli finished 18th and ended the season once again in 21st with no points.

2012Edit

Team Lotus was renamed to Caterham F1 ahead of the 2012 season. Trulli drove in one pre-season test, but on 17 February 2012 it was announced that he was to be replaced by Russian driver Vitaly Petrov. This left Formula One without an Italian driver at the start of the season, for the first time since 1969.

Helmet designEdit

Trulli's original helmet design was white with a blue shape around the visor with a blue circle in the top and a green J with a red T in the sides. A ring around the blue circle was incorporated when he raced at Jordan and Renault, being coloured after the team's main sponsor.

In 2004 his helmet changed from white to chromed silver and the shape, the J and the T became chromed with black outline. Later, in his first Toyota years the top became red and was added a white ring around the red circle.

Finally in 2008 the helmet turned red with the J and the T of the original colours (and white outline) plus a white line on the chin area. In 2011 the helmet design remained intact, but with a change of the shades of colour from chromed to normal shades (the chromed silver becomes white).

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1997 Minardi Team Minardi Team M197 Hart 830 AV7 3.0 V8 AUS
9
BRA
12
ARG
9
SMR
DNS
MON
Ret
ESP
15
CAN
Ret
15th 3
Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301
HB 3.0 V10
FRA
10
GBR
8
GER
4
HUN
7
BEL
15
ITA
10
AUT
Ret
LUX JPN EUR
1998 Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
11
SMR
Ret
ESP
9
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
AUT
10
GER
12
HUN
Ret
BEL
6
ITA
13
LUX
Ret
JPN
12
16th 1
1999 Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP02 Peugeot A18 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
7
ESP
6
CAN
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
9
AUT
7
GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
12
ITA
Ret
EUR
2
MAL
DNS
JPN
Ret
11th 7
2000 Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10 Mugen-Honda MF-301
HE 3.0 V10
AUS
Ret
BRA
4
SMR
15
GBR
6
ESP
12
EUR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
6
FRA
6
AUT
Ret
10th 6
Jordan EJ10B GER
9
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
13
MAL
12
2001 Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
8
BRA
5
SMR
5
ESP
4
AUT
DSQ
MON
Ret
CAN
11
EUR
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
4
JPN
8
9th 12
2002 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R202 Renault RS22 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
9
ESP
10
AUT
Ret
MON
4
CAN
6
EUR
8
GBR
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
Ret
ITA
4
USA
5
JPN
Ret
8th 9
2003 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 AUS
5
MAL
5
BRA
8
SMR
13
ESP
Ret
AUT
8
MON
6
CAN
Ret
EUR
Ret
FRA
Ret
8th 33
Renault R23B GBR
6
GER
3
HUN
7
ITA
Ret
USA
4
JPN
5
2004 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 AUS
7
MAL
5
BHR
4
SMR
5
ESP
3
MON
1
EUR
4
CAN
Ret
USA
4
FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
11
HUN
Ret
BEL
9
ITA
10
CHN 6th 46
Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 JPN
11
BRA
12
2005 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF105 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 AUS
9
MAL
2
BHR
2
SMR
5
ESP
3
MON
10
EUR
8
CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
FRA
5
GBR
9
GER
14
HUN
4
TUR
6
ITA
5
BEL
Ret
BRA
13
7th 43
Toyota TF105B JPN
Ret
CHN
15
2006 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 BHR
16
MAL
9
AUS
Ret
SMR
Ret
EUR
9
ESP
10
12th 15
Toyota TF106B MON
17
GBR
11
CAN
6
USA
4
FRA
Ret
GER
7
HUN
12
TUR
9
ITA
7
CHN
Ret
JPN
6
BRA
Ret
2007 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 AUS
9
MAL
7
BHR
7
ESP
Ret
MON
15
CAN
Ret
USA
6
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
EUR
13
HUN
10
TUR
16
ITA
11
BEL
11
JPN
13
CHN
13
BRA
8
13th 8
2008 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
4
BHR
6
ESP
8
TUR
10
MON
13
CAN
6
FRA
3
GBR
7
GER
9
HUN
7
EUR
5
BEL
16
ITA
13
SIN
Ret
JPN
5
CHN
Ret
BRA
8
9th 31
2009 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 AUS
3
MAL
4
CHN
Ret
BHR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
13
TUR
4
GBR
7
GER
17
HUN
8
EUR
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
14
SIN
12
JPN
2
BRA
Ret
ABU
7
8th 32.5
2010 Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
17
AUS
DNS
MAL
17
CHN
Ret
ESP
17
MON
15
TUR
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
21
GBR
16
GER
Ret
HUN
15
BEL
19
ITA
Ret
SIN
Ret
JPN
13
KOR
Ret
BRA
19
ABU
21
21st 0
2011 Team Lotus Lotus T128 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
13
MAL
Ret
CHN
19
TUR
18
ESP
18
MON
13
CAN
16
EUR
20
GBR
Ret
GER HUN
Ret
BEL
14
ITA
14
SIN
Ret
JPN
19
KOR
17
IND
19
ABU
18
BRA
18
21st 0

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.
Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarno_Trulli
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/jarno-trulli.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-trujar.html

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