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Jarno Trulli has revealed that he was once offered to drive for Ferrari when the Italian was racing for Toyota.
The 37-year-old, who recently lost his seat with Caterham, further added that he had declined the offer from Maranello citing commitments with the Japanese manufacturer at the time.
"Nobody knows this, but at this point I think I can publicly thank Jean Todt (then Ferrari team principal) for having been one of the few top team managers to consider me during my career,” Trulli told Autosprint. “No one knows this, but Todt offered me a seat at Ferrari.
“I won't tell you when exactly: I was racing for Toyota and I was doing very well,” he continued. “But I had signed a rather long contract with the Japanese, and in my career I've always honoured my commitments. In 15 years of F1, I have never needed lawyers.”
Trulli, who drove for Toyota between 2005 and 2009, was thankful for the generous offer and added that “for a moment I felt I was a Ferrari driver”.
The F1 veteran added that “Toyota remains an unfinished business” and since his exit from the sport, he would prefer racing with the outfit in other motorsport series.
Translated quotes courtesy Autosport