Jarno Trulli’s Fiat 500 – photographed for F1 Racing magazine
Date of Birth: 13/07/1974
Place of Birth: Pescara, Italy
Lives: Lugano: Switzerland
Jordan driver, Jarno Trulli is the proud owner of a 1964 FIAT 500 Cinquencento. The 17.5bhp FIAT with a top speed of 59 mph is in sharp contract to his Jordan EJ11, which boasts 800bhp and has a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
Trulli defended his choice and Sunday’s News of the World quoted him: “It’s very cool and I love it. I know it’s very tiny but it’s very pretty. I’ve always liked these cars and I prefer mine to the more glamorous cars like Ferrari. No one would expect a F1 driver to drive a Cinquecento. Perhaps that’s why I like driving it when I am back home in Italy.”
Trulli’s manager Lucio Cavuto bought the FIAT for £1000 and the two of them have spent at least £4000 restoring it to its original glory.
Jarno Trulli is one of the most experienced Formula 1 drivers in the history of the sport. He competed in 256 Grand Prix and is fifth on the all-time list.
The Italian was renowned for his qualifying pace, especially over the one-lap format in the mid-2000’s. Trulli began karting as a youngster and went on to win numerous titles including the European Championship, North American Championship and three Italian Championships.
He soon graduated to single-seaters and made an immediate impression securing the German Formula Three title with the Benetton Junior Team.
Trulli earned a drive in Formula 1 with Minardi in 1997 before switching to Prost mid-season to replace Olivier Panis.
After spells with Prost and Jordan, Trulli enjoyed regular points scoring finishes at Renault as well as picking up his only Formula 1 win on the streets of Monte-Carlo.
Following a number of years with Toyota, Trulli moved to Lotus Racing where he would end his Formula 1 career.