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.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

Sergio Perez Singapore
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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.