Jarno Trulli has confirmed that he plans to sue Caterham F1 team owner Tony Fernandes.
Trulli was dropped from the team’s line-up on the eve of the 2012 season – despite having a form contract to race with the outfit – as the team instead opted for the services of Vitaly Petrov, who came armed with plenty of sponsorship to shore up the team’s coffers.
But now Trulli, who hasn’t raced since he departed the sport, has confirmed he will launch civil proceedings against Fernandes, who he claimed agree to pay him in full for 2012 on the condition of him vacating his seat for Petrov.
A report in Autosprint claims the 38-year-old will soon commence the legal action, particularly in the wake of Fernandes increasing the team’s budget, flying in the face of the circumstances surrounding Trulli’s departure.
“I’m going to sue Fernandes because he owes me a lot of money,” Trulli is quoted as saying.
“My career in formula one ended because I agreed to give up my place, because I was assured that the team would fulfil its contractual obligations.
“To date, this has not occurred,” he added.
A former German Formula 3 champion, Trulli’s F1 career is the fourth-longest in F1 history, spanning over 250 Grands Prix between 1997 to 2011, with his highlight being his sole race win at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.