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Trulli extends Lotus contract

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Jarno Trulli will remain with Lotus for a third season © Sutton Images
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Jarno Trulli has signed a new one-year contract with Lotus that will see him remain with the team for the 2012 season.

Trulli has been with the team since it entered Formula One at the start of 2010, and his experience helped it become the strongest of the three new teams entering the sport at that time. There was speculation he may be replaced after being unhappy with this year's car and handing over his drive to Karun Chandhok in Germany, but Trulli said he was motivated by the challenge.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to confirm today that my contract with Team Lotus has been extended into 2012," Trulli said. "The challenge I first accepted when I joined the team is becoming more exciting every day, and I am very proud that I can keep helping the team take steps forward for at least another year. I would like to thank Tony [Fernandes], Kamarudin [Meranun] and Nasa for the chance to keep working with them, Riad [Asmat], Mike [Gascoyne] and the whole team and I am looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead."

Team principal Tony Fernandes said securing Trulli for another year was important for the Lotus' continued growth.

"We are all delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement to keep Jarno on board for at least one more year with our team," Fernandes said, "He has shown in qualifying in Monza just how much pace he has and how he can wring every last drop of performance out of his car and since day one with us he has brought a level of professionalism, insight and raw speed to our team that has helped accelerate our development on and off track. Today's announcement will give us the benefit of his experience and knowledge into 2012, another very important year in the growth of our team."