On the eve of the Putrajaya ePrix, the Trulli Formula E team has today confirmed that it will not be participating in the race, meaning just 18 cars will line up on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
The Italian squad missed the season opener in Beijing due to delays in the shipment of its Motormatica JT-01 in transit, despite being allowed additional time for scrutineering by the FIA.
Today the team was able to present their car to the scrutineers but it was unable to pass the mandatory checks that would allow it to secure its entry. Autosport reported that the team was able to pass initial scrutineering, which assess the functionality of a new homologation’s safety aspects, but the car did not meet the deadline for the additional safety element inspections.
The team has subsequently been awarded a €2,000 fine for breaching article 24.4 of the sporting regulations.
Lucio Cavuto, Trulli Team Principal, commented: “It is with big regret that we announce that we won’t participate in tomorrow’s race. Everyone in the team has been working incredibly hard and we were looking forward to showing our car on track. I’d like to extend a big thank you to the whole team who have believed in the project from the start and worked relentlessly on it.”
“Lots of work has been done on the cars and we are confident that everything will be fine in Punta Del Este. We wish everyone good luck in tomorrow’s race and wish for a good show.”
As such, the team will be able to resubmit its cars for scrutineering for the third round of the series in Punta del Este on 19th December. However, many will insiders are questioning the viability of the team running in the third race having completed just seven laps in testing – none of which resulted in a recorded time.