Caterham: Vitaly Petrov replaces Jarno Trulli

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V italy Petrov is the new Caterham pilot. Much speculation had been going on about this person throughout the winter break. The timing of the announcement, less than a month before the start of the season, was a bit surprising for many.

During the test drives last week in Jerez, the Italian Jarno Trulli was still in the cockpit. The veteran actually has a valid contract for the Sason 2012. His further commitment was announced in Monza in September. Now the 37-year-old was sidelined at short notice.

Trulli shows understanding for the decision

'We thank Jarno for the very important role he played in Our team has built up and progressed since he joined us in December ', team boss Tony Fernandes threw the deported Italian a few roses as a farewell. The relationship with Trulli has officially ended. 'But he will always be part of our family,' said Fernandes.

Trulli was forgiving despite being expelled. He thanked the team for two years together. 'We built a team from scratch and established it in Formula 1. I am proud to have been a part of it. I understand the decision and wish the entire team the best of luck in the coming season.'

Was Petrov able to present the million-dollar guarantees?

In the end, it was mainly financial reasons that tipped the scales in favor of Vitaly Petrov. 'It was not an easy decision to replace Jarno with Vitaly, but we wanted to give the team a new boost and kept an eye on the global economic market,' said Fernandes, explaining the change.

The main reason for the delay in the announcement was that the Russian was unable to provide any evidence for the promised millions for a long time. At the last minute, the 38-time Grand Prix participant apparently managed to get these guarantees after all. Experts are assuming a double-digit million sum. With the money from Petrov, the team finally had to finance the severance payment to Trulli.

In the official statement, team boss Fernandes naturally emphasizes other qualities of the 27-year-old. 'At our first meeting it was immediately clear that Vitaly understands and shares our vision of the further development of the team. As the first Russian in Formula 1, he wears theHopes of an entire nation with ease. His talent, experience with a competitive team and his knowledge on and off the racetrack will play an important role in our development. '

Petrov ready for Caterham debut in Barcelona

Vitaly Petrov was of course relieved that he was able to secure his stay in Formula 1 with the last minute deal. 'Tony and the whole team's passion to keep making progress is contagious . It's an honor to join the team and do my part to challenge the teams ahead of us in the World Cup. '

' I've worked hard all winter and I'm ready to return to the cockpit. What I've already seen from the car looks like a big step compared to last year. I can't wait to see what it feels like when we come to Barcelona. '

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