Just days after his not unexpected sacking from the Caterham F1 team – where he was replaced by the well-funded Vitaly Petrov for the 2012 season – veteran driver Jarno Trulli has revealed that he had already been presented with several offers to continue his racing career.
While it remains unlikely that the 37-year-old has any future in Formula 1 (although he hasn’t ruled that out himself), the Italian is understandably keen to continue racing in some capacity, although his progress could be slowed by his obvious lack of sponsors.
“Obviously I don’t have sponsors. I’ve never had that in my career so I’ve had to deal with my talent and nothing else,” he told AUTOSPORT.
“I was very surprised by the fact that one or two days later, I had already received some offers,” he added. “I didn’t think that it would move so quickly.
“But I don’t want to take any decisions now. I want to put all of the offers on the table and see what is the best for me. At the moment, I have no plans.”
At this stage, Trulli remains open to the possibility of racing in different championships, adding that “NASCAR and IndyCar could be a possibility”.
After he was out of a drive at the end of the 2009 season when Toyota closed its F1 operation, Trulli was linked with a switch to NASCAR, after testing one of their cars in the United States. He eventually made his switch to Tony Fernandes’ back-of-the-grid Lotus outfit, where he remained for the last two seasons.
“I’m open to any possibilities as far as top level and professional racing is concerned,” Trulli continued.
“I’m happy to work hard, to go testing, to develop a project but I want something with a structure that at least gives me the potential for performance.
“We would like to do something at a higher level than what I’ve been doing for the last two years,” he concluded. “I spent the last two years at the back of the grid and it was a bit frustrating after spending my entire career fighting for the top.”