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