There have been some speculation on Jarno Trulli’s position in Team Lotus when he was rested for the German GP, only to reclaim his race seat in Hungary. The Italian himself admitted that he couldn’t adapt well to the car, and started to lose confidence and question his own abilities as a result. Well, things are improving, and his contract has been extended for another year.

“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,” said Trulli, who finished 14th in yesterday’s Italian GP.

“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.

“Today’s announcement will give us the benefit of his experience and knowledge into 2012, another very important year in the growth of our team,” said team boss Tony Fernandes.