F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer looks back on the F1 career of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli.
The Monaco Grand Prix has given lots of people a day in the spotlight lately – they’ve had 7 different winners in the past 8 years. One of them was Jarno Trulli. While his win here in 2004 has been his only win to date, he’s produced a lot of other great drives as well.
1996: Trulli first came onto the F1 radar by winning the German F3 championship. One of his more epic battles that year was against Pedro Couceiro for 3rd at the Norisring.
1997: Trulli’s debut in F1 came courtesy of Minardi. The young Italian had a solid debut in Australia, finishing outside of the points in 9th. He wouldn’t stay in a Minardi for too long…
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Prost’s lead driver Olivier Panis was suddenly put out of action after breaking both his legs during the Canadian Grand Prix. Team boss Alain Prost got Trulli to substitute for Panis, and it was a great decision. He had many great drives, like leading in Austria and finishing 4th in Germany. He also had a very good race in Hungary, finishing just outside the points in 7th.
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1998: In comparison to the previous year, 1998 was a poorer team for both team and driver. The Prost AP01 was never in contention for any of the races, and Trulli only scored a single point for 6th place in Belgium after many of the other cars dropped out.
1999: A slightly better year for the team, but still not good enough to contend regularly. However, some good luck (and good racing) from Trulli gave him his first ever podium at the European Grand Prix, holding off Rubens Barrichello to finish 2nd, behind race winner Johnny Herbert.
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2000: By the end of 1999, Trulli felt his skills would be put to better use elsewhere, so he moved to Jordan, the team that was best of the rest behind Ferrari and McLaren in the previous season.
But as it turned out, it was more of the same story he had seen at Prost – an inconsistent and unreliable car meant that he couldn’t make full use of his speed. His best result was 4th at Brazil. This is the onboard lap of his qualifying lap there.
2001: His 2nd season with Jordan was somewhat better, scoring points on 5 different occasions and helping Jordan to 5th in the Constructors Championship. His best result was 4th in the United States, which he nearly lost due to his car’s plank being worn too thin. However, the team’s appeal was successful and he kept his 4th-placed finish.
By the end of 2001, Trulli decided to move on. His years with Renault and Toyota will be covered tomorrow.