Trulli GP had another difficult outing in Formula E, this time at the Putrajaya ePrix, with both Jarno Trulli and Michela Cerutti unable to finish the race with both caught out in race collision.
Both Trulli drivers did however get off to a good start, but it wasn’t to last as Amlin Aguri’s Katherine Legge miscalculated a corner and took out Cerutti on the very first lap.
“I had a good start in the race so of course I’m disappointed about the unnecessary crash in L1, but its racing and it happens,” reflected Cerutti. “It’s a shame about the result as we showed good potential.”
Trulli fared better as he drove into the podium positions straight away and was chasing pole behind Dragon Racing’s Oriol Servia and Sam Bird.
“I had a very good start, by the first corner I was already third and fighting at the front,” said the Italian. “After that I made a nice move on Servia, managing to overtake him as he was breaking into the second corner and then I was on to follow Bird.”
However, Trulli’s excellent driving skills weren’t enough to carry him through as he made a power mistake that saw him receive a drive through penalty.
“Almost directly after the second safety car restart I found out I got a drive through penalty as apparently I had exceeded the 150kW limitation,” said Trulli. “After the race, our investigation showed that I had accidentally selected the wrong map – the power boost map – whilst changing the setting on the steering wheel during the safety car period. However, this didn’t give me any race advantage because of the safety car.”
He soon recovered, but it went to waste as he bizarrely put himself and China Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr out of the race late on with a collision and left Trulli to reflect.
“It was an easy podium, and a good weekend so far, but unfortunately things went wrong in the end. It’s shame.”