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Trulli 'proud' of Caterham achievement

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February 17, 2012 « Petrov replaces Trulli at Caterham | Mercedes shakes down W03 »
Jarno Trulli lost his seat to Vitaly Petrov as Caterham sought to bring in more funds © Getty Images
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Jarno Trulli says that he is "really proud" to have helped establish Caterham as a Formula One team after being replaced by Vitaly Petrov.

Trulli joined the team in its first guise as Lotus Racing when it made its debut in 2010 and helped ensure that it finished in 10th place in the constructors' championships in its first two seasons. However, he struggled to match team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in 2011 and has now been replaced by Petrov for the 2012 season. Despite leaving the team, Trulli said that he understood the reasons behind the change and was proud of Caterham's achievements.

"I want to take this chance to thank Tony, Kamarudin, SM Nasarudin, Riad, Mike and everyone in the team for the two seasons we had together," Trulli said. "From zero we built up and established a solid F1 team. I'm really proud to have been part of it. I understand the decision the team has made and I want to wish to the whole team the very best of luck for the season ahead."

There are currently no spaces available on the grid for 2012, meaning there will be no Italian in Formula One for the first time since 1969. Trulli isn't the only driver to lose his seat to someone bringing sponsorship this season, however, and having lost his Williams seat to Bruno Senna, Rubens Barrichello tweeted his displeasure at Trulli being replaced.

"Sad to see that Trulli won't be on the 2012 grid...money is dominating everything"

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