Trulli “very happy” with steering breakthrough

2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2011

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2011

Jarno Trulli says he’s “very happy” with the new power steering system Lotus used at the Hungaroring today.

Trulli has struggled with the steering on the Lotus since the beginning of the season.

After using it for the first time in today’s practice sessions Trulli said: “I’m very happy.

“I want to thank the whole team, everyone at the factory and in the race team because they have all been patient with me and have worked hard to give me the new power steering system and a car that I can really feel.

“As soon as I pulled out this morning it felt so much better than before so today I?ve been able to start rebuilding my confidence in the car, and working on all the little changes and improvements that help me to find a set-up I can really work with.

“It?s been a really positive day and for that my thanks go to everyone in the team.”

Trulli ended the second practice session four-tenths of a second quicker than team mate Heikki Kovalainen who has out-qualified him eight to one in 2011 so far.

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25 comments on Trulli “very happy” with steering breakthrough

  1. bosyber said on 29th July 2011, 18:14

    Well, we all were a bit sceptical, but this is about the first time he can compete with Heikki, and he goes half a second quicker, like he was able to do last year. Quite a difference from his earlier performance, or from what Chandok was able to do last weekend.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a happy Trulli for a while. I wonder how this plays with Chandok being put in a Lotus for the India GP – will Heikki now have to give up his seat?

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th July 2011, 18:15

    Trulli ended the second practice session four-tenths of a second quicker than team mate Heikki Kovalainen who has out-qualified him eight to one in 2011 so far.

    I think this is the proof. Although it’s just FP, it’s a good sign.

  3. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 29th July 2011, 18:36

    Although I love to see new blood in F1 , sometimes I like it when the old W(h)ine-farmer does well. Let’s see how the quali battle progresses.

  4. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 29th July 2011, 19:45

    so is the power steering really fixed or was he scared after they replaced him with chandok?

    • meek (@meek) said on 29th July 2011, 21:34

      He’s time was almost half a second quicker than Heiki, I think that says it all.

      • meek (@meek) said on 29th July 2011, 21:37

        Also, they didn’t “replace” him, he gave up his seat for Chandok while waiting for the steering to be fixed since going through another weekend with problems won’t do good for anyone and Chandok can better prepare for the Indian GP.

  5. dfketr said on 29th July 2011, 21:45

    its quite bizarre, a top class driver slowed down by something as simple as power steering, while his teammate isnt affected at all.

    but if trulli now goes faster, it will show it was a genuine mechanical problem. he was 4 tenths faster in practise 2, but slower in practise one.

    lets wait till the end of the race, or maybe 2 or 3 races to evaluate this. it must be a genuine mechanical fault but, as trulli was as fast as alonso in 2004, and kovaleinen was crap compared to hamilton in 2008.

  6. UKfanatic (@) said on 29th July 2011, 22:09

    I believe on Jarno, Im no F1 driver but its much easier and secure to drive a car that you actually feel, I’ve drove some very light and twitchy steerings, like my ps3 steering Im always complaining about it

    • UKfanatic (@) said on 29th July 2011, 22:12

      last year heikki and trulli were neck and tie, despite all mechanical problems that jarno keeps suffering, I just fear a bit for Chandok nice guy in my opinion the 2nd best rookie of last season behind Hulk, discreet gp2 driver but a nice driver anyway and nice person

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th July 2011, 23:03

    Hopefully we will see a happier Jarno now.

  8. Well he has moaned about this and when it is sorted he goes quicker. Fair play, watch this space.

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th July 2011, 1:28

    Jarno Trulli says he’s “very happy” with the new power steering system Lotus used at the Hungaroring today.

    Reading between the lines a little bit: “Okay, Tony made his point in Germany. I’ll shut up and drive the car now.”

    • Alonso Fan said on 30th July 2011, 5:27

      hahaha

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 30th July 2011, 7:05

      Nice Humor

    • Mike said on 30th July 2011, 7:16

      ….. You really think that don’t you pm?

      Hopefully the developments work for him and he can silence the skeptics for a bit.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th July 2011, 7:33

        Come on, things don’t add up. Jarno Trulli is one of the msot experienced drivers on the grid. He knows how to develop a car. And yet, after half a season, he’s still having trouble with the power steering … so the team put Chandhok in the car to get feedback?

        Come on, this is Tony Fernandes sending a message to Trulli: if you want to do something about the power steering, then spend less time talking about it and more time working out hat to do about it, because you can be replaced quickly and easily.

        • kired35 said on 30th July 2011, 7:45

          Nice theory PM but they announced the new power steering system would be in place for hungary before deciding to give karun a weekend in the car.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th July 2011, 8:11

            Maybe, bu I still find is a massive coincidence, and I cannot suspend my disbelief enough to believe it is anything but Fernandes trying to keep his house in order.

          • Mike said on 30th July 2011, 8:21

            a massive coincidence…

            Nothing to do with you being a massive fan of Lotus and Trulli does it? :D

            You could be right. But I doubt it. Trulli seems genuinely happy.

  10. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 30th July 2011, 9:30

    Karun – a one man wonder who fixes power-steering and cranky Italians.

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