An Italian driver with lots of flare, Jarno Trulli has impressed over the years with his mature head and fighting ability. A passionate driver, Trulli came into F1 with irreproachable experience in the junior classes.
Like all his other contemporaries, Jarno too began his career at an early age in Kart racing. He racked every possible major title from 1987-1995, from national to European championships and from the North American championship to the World Karting Championship. In 1996, the Italian clinched the German F3 series. In the following year, Trulli joined Minardi and debuted in F1.
After suffering mixed fortunes with the Italian constructor Trulli replaced an injured Olivier Panis at the Prost team. He drove a spectacular race at Hockenheim and finished fourth. He lead the race in Austria looked good to finish in the second place, but an engine blow up ensured that that wouldn’t happen. Trulli stayed with the French team for the next two seasons. In 1999, he brought up his first podium in terrible wet conditions at the European Grand Prix. Apart from this rare solitary feat, Jarno failed to achieve any other significant accomplishment with the Prost team.
Despite Prost’s hopes of keeping Trulli for another year, the Italian jumped at the chance to replace Damon Hill at Jordan for 2000. Although he had a disappointing stint with the Irish team, the Italian earned the reputation of being a ‘qualifying specialist’ for his out-and-out fast racing displays in the Saturday Qualifiers. Within the two years at Jordan, Trulli failed to score any podium finishes. A long-term contract with personal manager Flavio Briatore saw the talented driver landing up at Renault in 2002.
Year 2004 was probably the best season of the Italian’s career. It brought his maiden Fomula1 win at Monaco. He started from pole position and went on to clinch victory. He followed it up with another pole at Spa. The second half of the 2004 season, however, saw a totally different story. Trulli dropped in pace and failed to gain any points for the French team. He was later sacked by Renault after dispute with the team management regarding his status.
Toyota was next on the list for the experienced campaigner. He had a good 2005 season where he finished 7th in the driver’s championship. Although since 2005 he has spent most of his time at the back of the starting grid and will be hoping to turn the tables in the 2008 season with the Japanese constructor.
Apart from his passion for motorsports, Trulli is also a successful businessman. Following the family tradition, he has a flourishing international business of producing wine. Trulli has also build a range of Karts named ‘Trulli Kart’.