Team Lotus has announced that Jarno Trulli will stay on for another season in 2012.
Tony Fernandes had already suggested that the Italian would be retained after he was willing to step down for Karun Chandhok at the German GP.
Fernandes said: “We are all delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement to keep Jarno on board for at least one more year with our team. He 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.”
Trulli added: “I am very pleased that we have been able to confirm today that my contract with Team Lotus has been extended into 2012. 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.”