Petrov and Senna not good enough – Trulli

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Jarno Trulli criticises teams who hire “those who pay” as speculation surrounds his future with his current team.


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Pay drivers ‘uncommitted’ says Trulli (ESPN)

Robert [Kubica] is a great driver who can get the very best from the car. Because of that they were a dark horse. When Robert was out, that was the end. Petrov was not in a position to lead the team, and Senna showed that he was not good enough.”

Berger – STR did the right thing (Sky Sports)

“The demands at Red Bull are very high, as we know, and these two [Alguersuari and Buemi] are at the best average.”

Abu Dhabi?s Aldar receives further bail-out (FT, registration required)

“Aldar, the struggling Abu Dhabi property developer, has received a second government bail-out package worth about $4.6bn, raising the bill for state assistance this year to almost $10bn.”

Mercedes on target with 2014 engines (James Allen)

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Mann?s world a potent mix of dynamism, courage and a begging bowl (The Times, subscription required)

“In Europe, doing GP2 would cost at least ??1 million and double that for a good team, so it is not much different. But I have good relationships in the United States and people seem to want to help.”

Kubica loss ‘biggest blow’ to Renault (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “We don’t know how much it cost us, because maybe part of the development of the forward exhausts could have been done differently with the comments of Robert.”

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Comment of the day

Sean Newman offers some perspective on the race ratings published yesterday:

The best racing for four years? Well the most passing yes for sure. The new-for-2011 combination of Pirelli, KERS and DRS, plus the more prevalent safety car periods promised the more unpredictable results that we crave. Yet somehow we got more one car, one driver domination.

You can only blame the rule makers for not making a more level playing field. DRS has devalued the art of overtaking and in my view it?s an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster. KERS I can live with because it can be deployed anywhere and at any time provided some is left. Also as in the old days of unreliability it adds an element of uncertainty, which is good. Pirelli have been great at mixing it up (not so much latterly) and I hope they continue to be brave with their compound choices.

So rulemakers, get rid of DRS and 75% of the downforce and next year will be even better.
Sean Newman

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95 comments on Petrov and Senna not good enough – Trulli

  1. Gagnon (@johnniewalker) said on 29th December 2011, 13:49

    I have a simple question, Is there anywhere I can see the FULL 2014 engine SPEC. I work in mechanic and I know alot in engine and Id really like to see the spec, like what kind of turbo they will use and what materials are allowed/ not allowed. THNX

  2. the r31 either

  3. rdpunk (@) said on 29th December 2011, 15:53

    Trulli needs to stop trying to take a spec of dust out of others eyes when there is a plank in his. He cannot question anyone’s ability after last years performance. If someone who shows good team leadership had said it, it is true. However he said it after the season he had which screams hipocracy and as for questioning other’s commitment wasn’t this they guy saying he wants to leave to do Le Mans half way through a season?

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th December 2011, 17:20

    I agree with Boullier on his asessment of the season. They lost the force pushing them onward. Petrov would never be able to step into those shoes, and Heidfeld was the wrong choise if they expected him to do so.

    Must say I am curious to see if Kimi will be able to do something like that, its not something I imagine when I see him, but seeing how hard a job it takes to build up something in a completely different type of motorsport might have helped him form himself into just that.

    • It sounds like you’ve been reading way too much of PR garbage. Driver’s contribution to the results is only 1-2% at best.

      Lotus Renault GP technical director James Allison has admitted that the unsuccessful forward exhaust concept made this year’s F1 car a failed experiment.

      “I regard it as a bold, but ultimately failed experiment,” said Allison.

      He admitted that even in the promising early tests Renault had actually been disappointed with the car.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st December 2011, 8:35

        Theoretically, you’re perhaps not far wrong. However, on track it’s much, much higher. If the driver doesn’t give his all, like the rest of his team, that 1-2% quickly turns to a percentage in double figures.

  5. The Limit said on 29th December 2011, 18:53

    I love the way everybody crows on about podiums. Lots of drivers have achieved multiple podiums over the years, but it is grands prix wins and championships that matter. That is what a racing car driver’s career is measured by long after they have retired.
    For Trulli to say these things about two young drivers who have just lost their F1 drives is not only harsh but downright hypocritical. This is a man who has won one grands prix in about fourteen years of F1 competition, and who has never challenged for nevermind won a F1 world championship. If you were to look up the term ‘alsoran’ in the dictionary a picture of Jarno Trulli would be there.
    Complete and utter hogwash!

  6. OOliver said on 30th December 2011, 6:52

    Why anyone looks down on Petrov is beyond me. I also can’t see why he could be blamed for Renault’s woes.
    Renualt is one team with a dedicated lead driver and all the company focus.
    Kubica was that driver until his accident. Heidfeld was then brought in to assume that role and was responsible for car development. Towards the endof the season he was kicked out and the focus was to evaluate Senna. Renault had topped developing the car and were putting out fires instead.
    The car was a mess just like Trulli is now.

  7. Fernando Cruz said on 30th December 2011, 13:16

    Senna really deserves to be in F1 in 2012. He never had the opportunity to do an entire season with a decent car and that would make all the difference. In an entire season he would be in equal terms with other drivers and would surely do much better than he did entering only in the 12th GP. Even so he did amazingly well at Spa, beating Alonso in qualifying with a Renault that was no match for the Ferrari. In Monza he was the 4th fastest in the race, just 0,3s. slower than Vettel’ s best lap. In Suzuka he was 9th in Q3 with very little track time in morning free practice. In Interlagos he even managed to beat Vettel’ s time in the first sector of his
    last lap in Q2. This after beating the likes of Schumacher and di Resta with a Renault that was not really as good as the Mercedes and the Force India.

    Bruno Senna showed his speed and just needs time to improve, particularly his consistency and racecraft. He just needs more experience to become one of the really good F1 racing drivers.

  8. TheJudge (@thejudge) said on 31st December 2011, 6:56

    Trulli him self isn’t good enough for a drive right now. He might be expierienced and a good tester,but he doesn’t have the pace,at least not any more. Sometimes he’s comments are pointless.
    I’d say that Senna would be better in the Caterham car,that Jarno.

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