Formula 1 veteran Jarno Trulli has attacked the sport’s driver market currently being dominated by well-funded drivers, with the Italian arguing that more talented drivers are being overlooked at the expense of those who bring in considerable backing.
Trulli’s comments come in the wake of rumours that suggest that he could be ousted from his seat at the Caterham F1 team next year in favour of Renault/Lotus refugee Vitaly Petrov, who is will-supported by a host of sponsors from his native Russia.
Speaking to his native La Repubblica newspaper, the 37-year-old racer suggested that Petrov’s former employer’s decision to run well-sponsored drivers – Petrov and team-mate Bruno Senna – instead of sourcing the best talent actually harmed the team’s prospects in the 2011 season.
“When Robert [Kubica] was out, that was the end. Petrov was not in a position to lead the team, and Senna showed that he was not good enough,” Trulli is quoted as saying.
The Italian attacked the team’s decision to fire Nick Heidfeld and replace him with Senna mid-season.
“With his experience, Nick scored almost as many points as Petrov even though he did only half the season,” Trulli added.
“There is no rule, but it is true that those who pay are less accustomed to suffering. They are less committed. Hiring them is a business decision but in my opinion it’s not worth it.”
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