Former Formula One driver Jarno Trulli is set to make a cameo return to the driver’s seat at Saturday’s Putraya ePrix in Malaysia.
Trulli is set to race for his eponymous Formula E team, Trulli Formula E, after driver Salvador Duran was ruled out through a “breach of contract”.
The 41-year-old, who raced for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus and Caterham, says his comeback will start and end in Malaysia
“We signed both drivers, Tonio Liuzzi is here, and Salvador was here as well. But there was a breach of contract with Salvador, he was in breach of his contract,” Trulli told Motorsport.com.
“It’s a shame, but we have to replace him. And I was the only person around, so I have to step in the car to solve the situation.”
Trulli, whose Formula One career spanned over 14 years, says Duran will hopefully be reinstated for the third round of the season.
“We will stick with the plan. We didn’t fight with Duran,” Trulli said.
“He was in breach of contract, but we spoke with him, and he’s a nice guy, a really nice person. So we hope we can find a solution for the future.”
Trulli was one of four drivers who occupied the hotseat during the 2013/2014 inaugural season, including Vitantonio Liuzzi, Michela Cerruti and Alex Fontana.
The Italian raced in six races last season, failing to finish in four, taking twelfth place in another and claiming his team’s only podium place when he finished third at the German ePrix.
Team Trulli are struggling to cope with challenges posed by the new powertrain installed in the Motomatica JT-01, and the car failed to complete a timed lap in pre-season testing.
The team’s problems continued at the season opening Beijing ePrix, where a customs issue prevented the team from competing at all.
“It will be interesting to feel the Motomatica powertrain. We’ll see how it goes,” Trulli said.
“The guys at Motomatica are working at home, and they’ve improved the situation, so we just hope to make it on the track and see if we have good potential from the powertrain.”