F1 has gone back 20 years - Trulli

Jarno Trulli believes Formula 1 has gone back 20 years in the way so many teams view a drivers' funding as more important than his talent

F1 has gone back 20 years - Trulli

With the sport no longer dominated by manufacturers - following Honda, BMW and Toyota's departure in recent seasons - F1 has seen a resurgence of independent outfits.

But rather than that being good for the sport, veteran Trulli reckons it has been a detrimental step because the struggle to finance a team means money can speak louder than talent.

"In the last couple of years F1 has taken an ugly turn: contracts are worth less and less, the only thing that interests is the big money brought by various 'little' drivers," Trulli told .

"Only four teams can guarantee excellent drivers; as for the rest the level is extremely poor.

"When I started there was a lot of quality because many constructors aimed at having winning drivers. Nowadays many teams' budgets are made of the money brought by the drivers.

"Lotus is the most serious team among the newest entries, but in the event of financial troubles they too would need to find money. Serious as it is, our organisation is small, the marketing department isn't what you'd find in a top team, it's hard to keep going. F1 has gone back 20 years: many small teams and a few constructors."

With the future of Vitantonio Liuzzi uncertain, amid speculation that Force India could drop him for 2011, there is a chance that Trulli could be the only Italian on the grid this year.

Trulli said such an event would be bad for his country - but blames the Italian economy and the fact that Ferrari is dominant in people's psyches as the main issues.

"The CSAI [Italian Motor Racing Commission] can't do so much," he said. "The problems are most of all down to the economy, to our mentality and to Ferrari. Italians only care about Ferrari. Outside Italy, drivers find sponsors in their countries - [Vitaly] Petrov is the latest example - while at home it's a huge struggle."

shares
comments
New Red Bull on target for first test

Previous article

New Red Bull on target for first test

Next article

HRT confirms FOTA split

HRT confirms FOTA split
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021