CaterhamF1’s recent announcement that Russian Vitaly Petrov would replace veteran Jarno Trulli at the team for 2012 means that the Formula 1 grid will be without an Italian driver for the first time since 1970. Poignant, when one considers that Italian Giuseppe Farina won not only the first official World Championship Grand Prix but also the first Driver’s Title in 1950. At, of all places, Monza.

He may only have scored one Grand Prix victory – with Renault at the action packed ’04 race in Monaco – but Jarno Trulli will surely be remembered by F1 fans for his qualifying prowess. Check out the lap that secured him pole position.

James Gent first started as a freelance motorsport writer in the UK, before an urge to be paid a monthly wage saw him move to Dubai in late 2011. A keen motoring enthusiast, he hopes that one day his garage will hold a Lamborghini Countach, as well as a WRC Lancia Delta Integrale.

James Gent