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Lotus confirm Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for 2012 // Trulli gets an official announcement, whilst Heikki is confirmed via Twitter

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Lotus confirm Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for 2012
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Hello and welcome to F1Minute - Lotus confirm Trulli and Kovalainen for 2012.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Lotus confirmed that Jarno Trulli would remain with the team for 2012 - extending his contract for a third season. With new power steering on the car, Jarno Trulli has been happier for the last couple of races, and he outqualified teammate Heikki Kovalainen for the race at Monza.

Talking of the extended deal, the Italian driver said: “The challenge I first accepted when I joined the team is becoming more exciting every day, and I am very proud that I can keep helping the team take steps forward for at least another year.”

Team Principal at Lotus, Tony Fernandes added: “Trulli has shown in qualifying in Monza just how much pace he has and how he can wring every last drop of performance out of his car, and since day one with us he has brought a level of professionalism, insight and raw speed to our team that has helped accelerate our development on and off track.”

During the race, Fernandes also tweeted that Heikki Kovalainen has already signed a deal to remain with the team for next year, meaning their 2012 line-up is secure and consistent.