Thursday, 21 July 2011

Trulli Dropped For Germany

Team Lotus have confirmed that reserve driver Karun Chandhok will take Jarno Trulli's place for the German Grand Prix this weekend.

The switch is only expected to be for the German Grand Prix, yet it would not be surprising if it was to happen again at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, which Chandhok and his family have been  heavily involved with.

It is not clear whether this is simply a contract 'bonus' for Chandhok, who is believed to bring a small sponsorship deal to the team.

Either way, it is clear that Trulli hasn't been having the best time recently, struggling with power-steering issues, and being openly critical of his season so far. He was quoted as saying that he would rather leave the sport than continue as he currently is.

Trulli fans needn't fear too much though, as team boss Tony Fernandes has confirmed that they are currently in negotiations with the veteran Italian over a possible contract extension. Whether this new contract will see Trulli continue as a driver, or perhaps switch to an advisory role remains to be seen.
Indian Chandhok is a popular character in the F1 paddock and occasional BBC 5Live commentator. He drove for the Hispania team for much of last season.
Chandhok would be a logical replacement for Trulli in the team, which is keen on promoting Formula 1 in Asia.

F1 journalist and "The Flying Lap" presenter Peter Windsor is not surprised by this switch, explaining that "it is a waste of Jarno's talent to have him in the car at present", as it does not suit his driving style.

Annoyingly for both the Formula 1 Results Predictor, and our Guest Predictor, Matt from FinalSector - this 11th hour announcement came after our predictions were published!

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