Retired

Jarno Trulli

Italian

  • Pescara, Italy Place of Birth
  • 13 July 1974 Date of Birth
  • 1997 Australian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Lotus Racing Current/Last Team

Jarno Trulli began his kart racing career at seven, eventually becoming a works driver and winning every major karting title. Despite his success, he struggled to secure the financial backing needed to advance to higher levels of racing. In 1995, his fortunes changed when he received a call from the German F3 KMS team, offering him a free drive. Trulli seized the opportunity, winning two of the six races he competed in and earning the title of Rookie of the Year. His impressive results in just half a season of Formula car racing attracted the attention of three Formula One teams. Trulli chose Benetton, which offered him a full season in the German F3 Championship with KMS. He went on to win the championship and became the Benetton Junior team champion.

NationalityItalian
BornJarno Trulli
13 July 1974
Pescara, Italy

In 1997, Trulli planned to race in the Japanese F3000 series, but an unexpected call from Minardi gave him the chance to race in Formula One for half a season. This stint provided the introduction he needed to the sport, and the following year, he joined Prost, staying with the team until 1999. During his first season with Prost, he led the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix before an engine failure cost him the victory. In 1999, he achieved his first F1 podium by finishing second at the Nürburgring.

Trulli spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons with the Jordan team, finishing 10th and 9th in the World Drivers’ Championship (WDC), respectively. In 2002, he joined the newly formed Renault F1 Team, formerly Benetton. Despite a challenging year marked by car unreliability and bad luck, he finished the season in 8th place in the WDC with 9 points. In 2003, Trulli had his best F1 season to date, remaining in 8th place in the WDC but with 33 points. The year’s highlight was his third-place podium finish at the 2003 European Grand Prix in Hockenheim. He continued with Renault in 2004, securing a third-place podium finish in Spain and achieving his first race win at Monaco on May 23, 2004.

Following a series of races without points in the summer of 2004, Trulli parted ways with Renault in September and immediately joined Panasonic Toyota Racing for the remainder of 2004, continuing through 2005 and 2006. Despite the mid-season switch, he finished 6th in the WDC with 46 points. Trulli made history for Toyota Racing by qualifying second in Australia, achieving the team’s first front-row start, and repeating the feat at the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he also secured the team’s first podium finish with a second-place result at Sepang behind Renault’s Fernando Alonso.

Trulli continued to excel, securing two more podiums, a second place in Bahrain and a third place in Spain, and achieving Toyota’s first pole position at the infamous 2005 USA Grand Prix. Despite a mixed second half of the season, he finished 7th in the WDC with 43 points, contributing to Toyota’s fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, a significant improvement from 8th place the previous year.

Toyota’s withdrawal at the end of the 2009 season left Jarno Trulli without a drive, but he soon received an offer from the newly formed Lotus Racing team, where he became the lead driver. His final two seasons in Formula One were challenging, as he spent most of his time at the back of the field. Trulli celebrated his 250th race start with a nineteenth-place finish at the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.

In 2012, Trulli transitioned to a role as a test driver for Caterham, but later that year, he decided to retire from racing. However, he was persuaded to return to competitive racing during the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship. He formed his own team, the Trulli Formula E Team, and quickly rediscovered his old qualifying prowess. Despite this, his stint in Formula E was short-lived, as he and his team had to withdraw from the 2015/16 season. This marked the end of Trulli’s racing career, leading him to retire once again.

Jarno Trulli Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1997–2011
TeamsMinardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus Racing
Entries256 (252 starts)
Championships0 (best finish: 6th, 2004)
Wins1
Podiums11
Career points246.5
Pole positions4
Fastest laps1
First entry1997 Australian Grand Prix
First win2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

Sources: Wikipedia.com, f1.fandom.com and historicracing.com

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
French Toyota Racing 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
German Arrows 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
French Jordan Grand Prix 1989 French Grand Prix Retired
British McLaren 2000 Australian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Spanish Aston Martin 2001 Australian Grand Prix Current
German Toyota Racing 1997 Australian Grand Prix Retired
German Marussia F1 2004 Canadian Grand Prix Retired

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Minardi Italian 1985 Historic
Prost French 1997 Historic
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic
Renault French 1977 Historic
Toyota Racing Japanese 2002 Historic
Lotus Racing Malaysian 2010 Historic