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Trulli getting ready for 2011 season at Lotus

Jarno Trulli on Wednesday hinted he expects to remain with the Lotus Racing team in 2011.

The 36-year-old Italian has denied he is considering a switch to American NASCAR racing next year, but speculation linking other drivers with Trulli’s cockpit have persisted.

He had a troubled campaign with the new team this season, whilst insiders say Trulli’s teammate Heikki Kovalainen is happier at Lotus and definitely staying in 2011.

But Trulli told BBC Radio Norfolk: “I’ll go to the factory in a few days to get ready and prepare the 2011 season chassis, cockpit and seat.”

He admitted it was a “tough season” but said he is still motivated to be in formula one, despite his career moving from stints at Renault and Toyota to the back of the grid now.

“Some performances have been pretty bad compared to what I was used to,” admitted Trulli.

“But nevertheless I have always tried to get the best out of myself and the car, I’ve still enjoyed a lot of good fights.”