I’d like to nominate Hungary 2001 as my favourite Trulli Train. Jarno had qualified well – in 5th, but he couldn’t get the car working so well in the race. He was 0.6 seconds slower than team-mate Jean Alesi. As a result, by lap 29 he had Hakkinen behind him (who he’d been expecting to fight), as well as Heidfeld, Montoya, Raikkonen, Villenueve and Panis (who he hadn’t). When Jarno pitted that lap, the fuel hose took 3 seconds longer to disengage than expected, meaning that the five drivers made good their escape. Except Villenueve, whose car started handling even worse than Trulli’s. Jacques had to wait for Jarno’s hydraulics to fail on lap 54 before he could finally disembark on the Trulli Train.
It was a masterful piece of defensive driving.