Jarno Trulli

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J arno Trulli gained his first experience in karting at an early age. After numerous national and international titles in the junior class, the Italian switched to Formula 3 in 1993. After years of training in the Italian and British F3, he entered the German series in 1995. Jarno Trulli first drew attention to himself with the championship title in his second year.

Entry into Formula 1 at Minardi

Afterwards, the doors to Formula 1 were open to Trulli. First, Minardi secured the services of the Italian. On his debut in Melbourne in March 1997, Trulli crossed the finish line three laps behind in ninth place. For the eighth race of the season he was finally allowed to leave the uncompetitive car and replaced Olivier Panis at Team Prost. Already in the third race at the Hockenheimring the first point placement followed with fourth place.

Trulli stayed with the French for the following two years. In the third last race of the 1999 season, he was able to take the podium for the first time. In the rain race at the Nürburgring, the Italian benefited from the sometimes chaotic conditions and numerous failures and crossed the finish line in second place. However, since this was the only highlight in three years of Prost, Trulli switched to Jordan at the end of the season.

Trulli celebrates first victory in Monaco

However, the two-time father became a father of his new team abandoned too often by his vehicle. In the two Jordan years, Trulli made it into the top ten of the drivers' standings, but shouldn't get another podium place. Another change to the Renault team should finally bring the hoped-for upswing in 2002.

Under the care of his personal manager Flavio Briatore, things were steadily improving. In the second Renault season, Trulli finished in the points in ten races, and a podium - a third place in Hockenheim - was there again. The 2004 season should even top this result. After four points at the start, Trulli landed third in Spain and two weeks later celebrated his first and so far only GP victory in Monaco.

Trulli without a chance against Alonso

In the second Halfway through the season, however, the points were becoming rarer and Trulli was often overshadowed by team-mate Fernando Alonso. In an argument with his team, he left Renault three races before the end of the season and switched to Toyota for the last two races in 2004.

His first full season with the Japanese got off to a promising start. In the first five races, Trulli took the podium three times and set his ownTeam mate Ralf Schumacher clearly in the shade. Although the Italian could not quite maintain the level, seventh place in the drivers' championship should still be his best result at Toyota.

Trulli as Glock's teammate at Toyota

were 2006 and 2007 the points places less often. In the overall standings, Trulli did not make it into the top ten. Before the 2008 season, there were rumors that Trulli would be replaced by Fernando Alonso. Alonso went to Renault, however, and Trulli stayed with the Japanese as Timo Glock's teammate. With an improved car, the number of points increased again and in France the little Italian was on the podium for the first time in three years.

In 2009 he achieved this feat three times. At the start in Australia, he crossed the finish line in third place. At the Japanese GP he achieved his best result of the season with second place. After Toyota left, the Italian had to look for a new cockpit. Since Lotus was returning to Formula 1 with a new team, an experienced driver was needed. The choice fell on Trulli.

No points with Lotus

As expected, there was not much to report for Lotus in the first year of apprenticeship. Trulli couldn't get to the established teams. Although he was able to flash his old class from time to time in qualifying, he usually lost the duel with team-mate Kovalainen. There was not much progress in 2011 either. While Kovalainen was able to stand out as the clear number one of the team, Trulli slowly seemed to slide onto the sidelines.

Although the performance fluctuated greatly and Trulli had to answer questions about his motivation, the team - which is now the Name Caterham - the contract again. However, many experts fear that 2012 will be the last year in Jarno Trulli's long career.

(Status: 02/2012)

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