Doubts linger over Trulli's 2012 seat

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Team Lotus on the drivers parade.

Jarno Trulli

Jan.12 (GMM) A cloud of doubt still hangs over Jarno Trulli’s race seat at Caterham for the 2012 season.

In September last year, the Malaysian team – then known as Team Lotus – inked a new contract for the forthcoming season with the 37-year-old Italian.

But the media statement referred only to “an agreement to keep Jarno on board”, with some pundits immediately noting that it could mean only an ambassadorial role.

The provisional entry list for 2012, however, named Trulli as Heikki Kovalainen’s continuing teammate.

Team owner Tony Fernandes said in December: “Currently he has a contract with us.”

At one point recently, Daniel Ricciardo seemed in contention for the seat alongside Kovalainen, while the latest rumour is that Vitaly Petrov is in the running.

Sky Sports News quotes Caterham’s technical boss Mike Gascoyne as saying this week: “What I can say on Jarno is that he does have a contract with the team that is concrete for this year and he will be part of the team this year.”