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Jarno Trulli
Jarno Trulli 2010 Malaysia.jpg
Nationality Italy Italian
Date of birth 13 July 1974 (1974-07-13) (age 44)
Formula One World Championship career
2011 team Team Lotus-Renault
2011 car # 21
Races 248 (244 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 11
Career points 246.5
Pole positions 4
Fastest laps 1
First race 1997 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win 2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race 2012 British Grand Prix
2010 position 21th (0 points)

Jarno Trulli (born 13 July 1974) is an Italian racing driver. He competed in Formula One from 1997 to 2011, driving for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus Racing and Team Lotus. His best result in the World Drivers' Championship was sixth place in 2004; this was also the year in which he scored the only win of his Formula One career at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.

Throughout his Formula One career, Trulli was renowned for his skill in qualifying, regularly achieving far better grid positions than rivals with superior cars to his own. He was also known for his defensive driving style which allowed him to successfully hold off quicker drivers, sometimes for an entire race. The combination of being able to achieve high grid positions in comparatively slow cars and his ability to hold off faster drivers would often result in a line of vehicles forming behind him during a race, which was commonly referred to as the 'Trulli Train' by commentators, fans and journalists.

Trulli was slated to compete in the 2012 Formula One season, but retired before the season began. In 2014–15 he competed in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship, driving for Trulli GP, a team he founded himself.

Career

Trulli helmet
Trulli's helmet from the 2009 season

His parents were motorsport fans and named their son after Jarno Saarinen, the Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racing champion who was killed at Monza in 1973. He started racing in karts at an early age; after winning the Karting World Championship in 1991, the Italian and several karting championships in different categories up to 1995, Trulli won the German Formula Three Championship in 1996.

In 1997, Trulli made his debut in Formula One with Minardi. After 7 races he replaced the injured Olivier Panis at Prost and impressed immediately. He stayed at the Prost team for the next two seasons and eventually scored his first podium in wet conditions at the 1999 European Grand Prix.

Pre-F1 career

Jarno Trulli 2009 Belgium
Jarno Trulli 2009 Belgium
  • 1996: 1st German Formula 3 (KMS Dallara-Opel)
  • 1995: 4th in German Formula 3 (KMS Dallara-Opel), 1st in Italian Go-kart class 100 FA, 1st in World Go-kart class 125FC, Senna Memorial World Cup winner
  • 1994: Senna Memorial World Cup winner, 1st in North American class 100SA, 1st in European class 100SA
  • 1993: 2nd in World Go-kart Champion class 100 SA, 1st in Grand prix of Japan Class 100 FSA
  • 1992: 2nd in World Go-kart class 125 FC
  • 1991: 1st in World Go-kart class 100 FK
  • 1990: 1st in Grand Prix of Hong Kong Class 100 FA
  • 1988–1990: Three times 1st in Italian National 100 Class
  • 1983–1995: Karting

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