Jarno Trulli says it was his decision to leave Caterham ahead of the 2012 season

Italian could have enforced contract with the team

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 10/02/13 3:53pm

  • Share:

Jarno Trulli has revealed he walked away from Caterham to allow them to bring in the heavily backed Vitaly Petrov.

F1 on Sky Sports in 2013

Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch every grand prix live in 2013.

Our dedicated F1 channel will broadcast every race, qualifying and practice session live, along with highlights shows, analysis and even more coverage via the Red Button.

Find out more at sky.com

Trulli tested the CT-01 at the first winter test in Jerez, but was replaced by the Russian before the second week of running in Barcelona.

The situation is similar to one witnessed this season, when Timo Glock agreed to leave Marussia so that the team could bring in a 'pay-driver.'

Trulli says he could have enforced his contract and stayed with the team, but felt he had to leave to allow Caterham to survive.

"I realised that we [Caterham] were only going backwards instead of forwards and that the team had no chance for the future," the 38-year-old told crash.net.

"So given that the team was not paying me, I wasn't so disappointed when they told me I wasn't driving because I'd already tested the car, and it was no different [to its predecessor the 2011 Lotus T128].

"You know, me driving there would not have changed much [within the team], or my life, or my career. What people didn't realise is that I chose not to drive, even though I had a contract in place. I gave the team a change to survive by getting in a pay-driver."

  • Share:

Related

F1 Transfer Gossip

Vergne joins Ferrari

Jean-Eric Vergne has joined Ferrari as test driver with a focus on developing the car in the team’s simulator.

Pat Fry

Fry and Tombazis leave Ferrari

Pat Fry has been ousted as the head of engineering at Ferrari in a dramatic shake-up of the Scuderia's management.

Esteban Gutierrez: Joining Ferrari

Gutierrez joins Ferrari

Esteban Gutierrez has joined Ferrari as test and reserve driver for 2015 after being dropped by Sauber.

Most Popular

Features

2014 driver review

2014 driver review

From Lewis Hamilton to Andre Lotterer, every driver's year reviewed and rated from the 2014 season.

Ericsson joins Sauber

Ericsson joins Sauber

Swede joins Sauber for 2015 season a week after Caterham withdraw, but who will partner him?

No place for minnows

No place for minnows

Ex-Caterham boss Tony Fernandes says spending needs cut and big teams should take the blame.