After failing to race at the first Formula E ePrix of the season in Beijing, Trulli Formula E will not take part at the second round in Putrayaja, Malaysia, this weekend.
Trulli had problems getting their power unit through Chinese Customs ahead of the opening round in Beijing two weeks beforehand and were unable to take part in the race weekend. Although it seemed that the team would take part in this weekend’s Putrayaja ePrix, after failing scrutineering, it was announced that they would again be forced to sit on the side-lines.
“It is with big regret that we announce that we won’t participate in tomorrow’s race,” commented Team Principal, Lucio Cavuto. “Everyone in the team has been working incredibly hard and we were looking forward to showing our car on track. I’d like to extend a big thank you to the whole team who have believed in the project from the start and worked relentlessly on it.”
The FIA and FEH extended the scrutineering time for the team but it appeared the extension was not enough for the Motomatica JT-01s to be completed. As a result of breaching Article 24.4 of the Sporting Regulations, the Trulli Formula E team have also received a fine of €2000.
In last season’s Putrayaja ePrix, the race wasn’t particularly spectacular for the team after Jarno Trulli received a 23-second-time penalty for causing a collision that demoted the Italian to 16th whilst Michela Cerruti failed to finish the race.
“Lots of work has been done on the cars and we are confident that everything will be fine in Punta Del Este. I’d also like to thank the FIA and FEH for extending the scrutineering time. Unfortunately for us, it just was not enough time to complete the cars.
We wish everyone good luck in tomorrow’s race and wish for a good show.“