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Jarno Trulli
Jarno Trulli
Driver Details
Nationality Italy Italian
Date of Birth 13th July 1974[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Titles 0
Teams Trulli Formula E Team
Formula E Career
Total Entries 11 (11 Starts)
Wins Points FanBoosts
0 15 0
Poles 1
Fastest Laps 0
First Win Unknown

 Jarno Trulli (born 13th July 1974) is a former driver and team owner in the FIA Formula E Championship, having entered the Trulli Formula E Team in the inaugural 2014/15 season.[1] Trulli was the most experienced driver on the grid that season, having entered 256 Grand Prix in Formula One between 1997 and 2011, but that did not mean he would have a strong season, with the Italian ace only picking up points in one race all season.[1][2]

Trulli would opt to drop himself down to his team's reserve driver for the 2015/16 season, signing up Salvador Duran to replace him in the second pair of cars.[3] The Italian racer's effort would enter a quartet of cars with powertrains built by Motomatica, but a terrible pre-season saw the team fail to complete any running at the 2015 Donington Test. The team would then fail to get through scrutineering at the first two ePrix of the season, before both Trulli and Motomatica decided to withdraw from the series just before the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix.[4]

BackgroundEdit

Trulli began competing in go-karts, claiming numerous titles, including three National Championships in his native Italy.[1] 1996 saw Trulli take a huge step in his career, taking the German Formula Three championship for Benetton F1's Junior team, leading him to a début in Formula One in 1997.[1] After a debut drive for Minardi, Prost Grand Prix took on Trulli for the remainder of the season, with Trulli eventually staying with the team until 1999.[1]

After a two year spell with Jordan, Trulli obtained a drive with Renault F1, taking his one and only GP victory at Monaco in 2004.[1] Five years with Toyota followed his departure from Renault at the end of 2004, before he became involved in the new Lotus Racing Team.[1] After two seasons with the rookie team, Trulli retired from Formula One.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Trulli announced his entry as both a team owner and driver in June 2014, with Michela Cerruti as the team's second driver.[1] A difficult start to the season was rectified by a fourth place finish in the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, before Cerruti quit the team before the 2015 Miami ePrix.[5] Trulli arranged for former F1 colleague Vitantonio Liuzzi to drive for him in Miami, lending him a helmet as well as a race car.[5]

Yet, the glory of Buenos Aires would only be matched once more during the season, as Trulli rolled back the years to take pole position for the 2015 Berlin ePrix, a shock to most.[6] It was not to be, however, as mistakes and a lack of race pace caused Trulli to tumble down the order, meaning he failed to score anything other than the three points already banked for pole.[6]

Liuzzi departed from the team due to his ADAC Masters commitments before the double header in London due to other commitments, leading Trulli to sign up a youngster.[7] Alex Fontana linked up with the team in the week before the season finale, but neither he nor Trulli could add to the team's tally, leaving them rock bottom of the Championship.

Formula FlopEdit

Trulli decided to step down as a full time racing driver at the end of the inaugural season, instead focusing on building up his team's partnership with electronics firm Motomatica. Salvador Duran came in to fill his seat as Liuzzi confirmed he would rejoin the team, although their input into the car's development would be non-existent.[3] As it turned out, the new Motomatica JT-01 proved to be a terrible design, plagued by problems that prevented the car from running at all during the 2015 Donington Test, leaving Trulli's start to the season in doubt.

The cars were shipped to the 2015 Beijing ePrix, but there would be no driving there either as they failed scrutineering prior to the race. Duran left the team upon hearing this news, leaving Trulli to enter himself for the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, only for the team to miss scrutineering entirely after more problems. With that, both Trulli and Motomatica decided to abandon the project, quitting the series and ending both of group's involvement in Formula E.[4]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Jarno Trulli's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Jarno Trulli during their FE career:

Jarno Trulli's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 10 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 20th 15
2015/16 Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 10 Motomatica JT-01 NC 0

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Jarno Trulli's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos Pts
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 20th 15
Ret 16th 4th Ret 15th Ret 11th 19th 18th 15th Ret
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom NC 0
DNP CAN

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 'Drivers' Club: Jarno Trulli', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/jarno-trulli.aspx, (Accessed 02/07/2015)
  2. 'Da Costa wins spectacular Buenos Aires ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/01/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/january/antonio-felix-da-costa-wins-chaotic-buenos-aires-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Duran switches to Trulli alongside Liuzzi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/duran-switches-to-trulli-alongside-liuzzi.aspx, (Accessed 25/08/2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Trulli Formula E Team announce withdrawal from championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/trulli-announcement.aspx, (Accessed 15/12/2015)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Vitantonio Liuzzi replaces Michela Cerruti in Miami', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/vitantonio-liuzzi-replaces-michela-cerruti-for-miami.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Di Grassi excluded from DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/di-grassi-excluded-from-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 23/05/2015)
  7. 'Alex Fontana gets Trulli call-up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/06/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/alex-fontana-gets-trulli-call-up.aspx, (Accessed 25/06/2015)

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