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Trulli hoping for better 2012

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jarno Trulli endured a frustrating campaign in 2011 but still managed to secure two of the three 13th places that Lotus scored © Sutton Images
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Jarno Trulli is hoping that next season will be an improvement after struggling to match team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in 2011.

With Lotus distancing itself from Virgin and HRT but unable to fully close the gap to the midfield in the season just gone, both drivers could only really be judged against each other. Kovalainen was dominant as he outqualified Trulli 17 times and finished ahead in 12 races while the latter struggled with a power steering problem. With the team rebranded Caterham and the CT01 having passed all homologation tests, Trulli admitted he was more optimistic for 2012.

"Hopefully next year the sun shines some more after this season of suffering," Trulli said. "There is a lot of hope and good will for the new project, but ultimately it's only about what you get on the track. The clock never lies."

Trulli also insisted that he was not yet thinking about retirement at the age of 37.

"After Toyota withdrew I thought about changing to a different category, but I believed then - and I still believe now - in the project [with Caterham]."