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Trulli: Pay drivers are less committed

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Scott Webber, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. What do you guys think?

    it's a pretty serious thing to say when you think of it.... so is it true or not what Trulli says?


    Jarno Trulli has voiced his unhappiness with the growing number of "pay drivers" on the F1 grid, saying they are "less committed".

    Although the Italian still has one year remaining on his Caterham contract, rumours are doing the rounds that the team could replace him with Vitaly Petrov as the Russian will bring sponsorship money with him.

    The veteran, though, is not happy that so many drivers with big bucks are getting drives and took a swipe at Renault for employing a Petrov-Bruno Senna line-up during the latter stages of 2011 instead of sticking with Nick Heidfeld.

  2. lol... What he doesn't say though is that yes Petrov didn't score much points in the later half of the season, but that it was because the car was crap !
  3. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Lol says the man that won an amazing total of one GP victories in the 246 years he has been in Formula 1.
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  4. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Trulli sounds desperate!
  5. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Maybe he's being replaced by Petrov because he's faster... or maybe that would be a stupid thing to think...
  6. Everyone seems to have gotten the Eccelstone Flu these days spewing out a bunch of non-sense in the press...
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  7. Cough cough Trulli Train Cough cough, and anyway rich of him to say how bad Petrov and Senna were when he got his arse handed to him by Heikki on a silver platter nearly all season
  8. Trulli actually did the best job in the races. And the reason for his qualifying is down to the problems with the power steering, something that is backed up by telemetry and by the team keeping him for next year.

    Most probably don´t know this but Trulli is one of the best qualifiers on the grid. He´s exceptional and showed that many times in the Toyota where he would put it in 2nd or 3rd when it had no place being that high.
  9. Erwin Greven

    Erwin Greven
    Premium Member

    Sorry, but this does not make sense. Nick also drove that particular car.
  10. Wow... Nick got sack just as the car really became awful, about halfway+ through...
  11. Danny Asbury

    Danny Asbury
    Premium Member

    He's talking about Renault not being able (willing) to improve their technology and upgrade. In essence, Nick had a different car for the first half of the season because Renault were way more competitive then. Though I think it's obvious Heidfeld is better than Senna, but there is a point to be made about the cars losing their ability to keep up.
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  12. Well, both were able to squeeze out a 3rd place, but as the season went on, Nick had the upper hand in the races(Note: Not qualies) and had 2 points more for quite some time. Petrov was able to score again later on, but Nick might have scored just as much in his shoes...

    Trulli really sounds desperate. Maybe the pressure on his seat has gotten to him. Feeling that some pay-driver could steal his seat made a screw loose and Jarno has to make that statement. Although true to some extend, it only makes him look dumb as he says it when he's under pressure of losing his seat.
  13. His seat is not under any pressure just so you know. He has a contract for next year.
    A contract that was signed before he made those comments.
  14. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    He's got a contract to remain with the team in 2012. That doesn't guarantee him one of the two racing seats though.
  15. There´s no garantuee the sun will go up tomorrow either but we are pretty sure it will continue for a few million years.

    Having a contract is as good as it gets to having a seat locked down. Thus he sits safe seeing as they probably don´t have the money to do what Ferrari did.
  16. Other drivers could have said that aswell. And were sacked. So what? Trulli's past his time.
  17. I think he´s still a very valuable source for such a new team.
  18. I think Kovalainen covers that base very well. In tims like these, I'd give it to a younger driver(Buemi and Algy could try it).
  19. I guess they kept him for fun.. :)
  20. I don't think they'd have to pay as much as Ferrari if they wanted to sack Massa.

    Apart from that: Trulli wasn't happy with the car before they had a new power steering. After it, he still wasn't as fast as Kovalainen. He was sometimes way off his teammate in the race. Now he fires at pay-drivers because he might think that one of them is going to steal his seat, not very wise. A bit Petrovesque.

    Question: Why would you keep him?