Vitantonio Liuzzi replaces Cerutti at Trulli

by Tom Errington

Vitantonio Liuzzi will make his Formula E debut at the Miami ePrix, replacing Michela Cerutti in the Jarno Trulli run Trulli GP team.

Cerutti has left the team citing “personal reasons,” but wished the team well in the rest of the Formula E season.

“I’m extremely sad to leave Formula E,” she said. “I thank Team Trulli for having involved me in this excellent competition and I wish them good luck for the rest of the season.”

Team Principal Lucio Cavuto wished Cerutti well and said the team was saddened by her departure.

“The whole team and I are very sad that Michela won’t be racing with us any longer,” he said. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her great contribution to the team and wish her the very best of luck for the future.”

Her replacement, Liuzzi, joins the team with immense experience following Formula 1 stints with Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Force India and HRT before moving into the 2012 International Superstars Series before spending the last few years in Japan for the Super GT and Super Formula calendar.

His latest challenge came from a personal call from team boss, and driver, Jarno Trulli.

“I’m very happy about this nice opportunity to race with Jarno,” he said. “I was here on holiday when I got a call from Jarno asking if I wanted to race for the team, of course I said yes. It’s a privilege to be racing with such a long time friend and it will be very nice to be in the same team. The first big task will be to find a race suit! Don’t be surprised if you see me in one of Jarno’s helmets…”

The move didn’t only please Trulli, with Cavuto pleased with the calibre of the Italian’s team-mate.

“We are very happy to have Vitantonio coming to race for the team. Not only is he a world class driver, but he is also a long term friend from our city Pescara. We’re hoping that we will see some great support from the whole city and that they will be cheering for us on Saturday.

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