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Vitaly Petrov replaces Jarno Trulli at Caterham for 2012 // Trulli makes his F1 exit as Caterham make a last minute swap

Published by Christine Blachford

Vitaly Petrov replaces Jarno Trulli at Caterham for 2012
Credit: Caterham F1

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Caterham F1 have announced that former Renault driver Vitaly Petrov will replace Jarno Trulli for the coming season. There’s been speculation over the replacement of Trulli for several weeks, but the Italian has been adamant that his contract was secure. Today, however, it’s all change at Caterham, with the Russian Petrov coming in to partner Heikki Kovalainen in 2012.

Speaking of the deal, Petrov says: “This is a very exciting day for me. I’ve been training hard all winter and am ready to get back into the cockpit and go to work. From what I’ve seen already, our new car is another good step forward from 2011 and now I cannot wait to see how it feels when we get to Barcelona.”

Meanwhile, Trulli has said: “Personally, I’m not displeased. I was prepared for a possible divorce from Caterham in the knowledge that difficult economic circumstances would push the team to find an adequately-supported driver.”

Which is not what he said four days ago, when Autosport interviewed him about his 2012 seat and he said: “We are safe, yes.”