F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Trulli says Caterham picked Petrov for money, while Petrov denies he is a ‘pay driver’.
“I was prepared for a possible divorce from Caterham, in the knowledge that the difficult economic situation would have pushed the team to find an adequately-supported driver.”
“In 2010, I was in need really to show people I came here not for just pay [reasons]. But I showed a few good races in 2010, but it looked like it was not enough for them. But then I think in 2011 they are not allowed to talk any more about this because the pay driver cannot achieve their first podium and then to finish so many times on the points. I think this is not right to talk about [these] things. Also [to] be quicker than Nick [Heidfeld] and be quicker than Bruno [Senna] and other drivers. So I think we need to forget about [suggestions that] we came just for pay.”
Domenicali: “I am very sad that, after so many years there will not be an Italian driver in the Formula 1 World Championship field.”
Luis Perez-Sala: “The idea as of now is to race him the whole season, but nothing is taken for granted in F1, you have to work for your place in every race. But as things stand, Narain and Pedro will race the entire season.”
“The F2012′s nose is actually higher than that of its predecessor, the 150° Italia, even with the much-talked-about step.”
“Welcome to the team Petrov, look forward to work with him. I want to thank Jarno, we became good friends during these years, I wish him well.”
“Sad to see that Trulli won’t be on the 2012 grid… money is dominating everything.”
“We’d like to clarify that we’re in the process of passing the pending crash tests and won’t know until next week if we’ve passed them all.”
“Vettel is a modern [Juan Manuel] Fangio, really, in Formula One. I can’t see, other than his natural ability, how he is that good, how he can be that good. I think Vettel is quite outstanding, but then he has got the best car, which is fair enough because normally the best driver gets the best car.”
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Comment of the day
I know this is entirely the correct move, but as a Trulli fan, and as a Formula 1 fan, this is a sad day for me.
The first F1 season I watched in full was 1997. After his Monaco win the year before Panis was already my favourite driver, but in 1997 I took a shine to two young drivers: Fisichella and Trulli.
Now Panis has been gone for some years, Fisichella bowed out gloriously in 2009 and, now that Trulli’s gone, none of my original ‘favourite drivers’ are in the sport any more. It’s a personal end of an era for me, and I’m very sad now.
Trulli was one of the good guys. Always friendly on the grid, always with a big smile on his face and he was one of the guys you always felt happy for when he got a podium. His qualifying performances were at times mesmerising, and I think the ‘Trulli train’ was a combination of his Saturday performances and another underrated talent he had – defensive driving.
All the best to Petrov though, he deserves a seat and I hope he does well.
From the forum
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- In the BTCC, Toby Moody replaces Ben Edwards as commentator
- GP2 team Super Nova has dropped out and been replaced by Venezuela GP Lazarus
Happy birthday to _Ben_ and Mike!
On this day in F1
Felipe Massa’s first season of F1 for Sauber got off to an unfortunate start on this day ten years ago.
Sauber were forced to abandon their test at Mugello after Massa crashed heavily in his C21. Team mate Nick Heidfeld had damaged the team’s other car in an accident the previous day.
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