The news that Vitaly Petrov will race for Caterham in 2012 was not exactly a surprise, but it was a little disappointing all the same.
Nothing against Petrov; it's just a shame that it should end like that for Jarno Trulli, the man he replaces.
Trulli arrived in Formula 1 with quite a reputation; a karting superstar who won the world championship and whose skills converted easily to cars, as his 1996 German F3 title attested.
When Ayrton Senna was killed, it was Trulli who won the World Cup Memorial karting event back-to-back in 1994-95. And when he arrived in F1 in 1997 with Minardi, there were many tipping him as the new Senna. It was even said that there was a resemblance across the eyes, noticeable in those through-the-visor shots.