Jarno Trulli to sue Caterham owner Fernandes


Former F1 driver Jarno Trulli has revealed that he has begun legal action against his former boss, Tony Fernandes, over unpaid paychecks from his time with Caterham F1 Team.

Trulli made his Formula One debut in 1997 for Minardi, and he attained some success during his career, claiming one win at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix for Renault. However, following Toyota’s withdrawal from the sport in 2009, he joined newcomers Caterham for the 2010 season. In two years with the team, he failed to score any points, and he eventually left in 2012 to make way for Vitaly Petrov. This new revelation suggests that there may be more to his departure, and Trulli made no secret of his distaste.

Speaking to Autospirit, Trulli said: “I’m going to sue Fernandes, because he owes me a lot of money.

“My career in Formula One ended because I agreed to give up my place, because I was assured that the team would fulfill its contractual obligations. To date, this has not occurred.”

Tony Fernandes recently rejected any rumors suggesting he may be set to walk away from F1, although he did admit that Caterham had failed to meet his expectations. In recent weeks though, the team has seen an upturn in fortunes, with Giedo van der Garde (pictured) impressing many at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

IndyCar Harvest GP practice
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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.