Jarno Trulli is not optimistic about the reliability of Lotus' T128 challenger

After a reliability-fraught 2010 championship season, Grand Prix veteran Jarno Trulli has admitted he still holds concerns about more reliability issues afflicting Team Lotus’ new challenger, the T128.

The Italian lost virtually his entire morning’s worth of planned running on Thursday when he was sidelined with a gearbox problem and then a water leak.

Describing the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix as “very welcome” – at least on the basis that it offered the team more time to sort out its new car – Trulli’s worries were expressed to Dutch website f1today.nl.

“At the moment we have many things that are not right and that give rise for concern,” he said. “We have a lot of problems for the first race.”

However, the one-time Grand Prix winner was quick to insist that he was very confident that the new car would present a more competitive prospect that could see him run in the midfield this year.

“We have many new parts for this year and also many things we can do to improve during the season, so let’s wait quietly,” he added.

“I’m sure there is still a lot to come before the first race. I am confident about taking part in the middle of the field this year.”

[Original image via Team Lotus]

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