Jarno Trulli might need to endure another race without the Team Lotus new power steering system.
The Italian veteran has struggled all season with the original system and even sat out July’s Nurburgring race whilst waiting for the new one to debut in Hungary.
“For me it makes a lot of difference because I can actually feel the car and get the exact car behaviour, which I didn’t have with the old one,” he said at Monza on Thursday.
“I was pretty much a passenger before rather than a driver. With the new one it’s normal power steering.”
At the same time, it emerged that Trulli had to do without the new steering at Spa two weeks ago for “technical reasons”.
The new system is back on the car for Monza, but 37-year-old Trulli hinted that the problem is still not entirely solved.
“We might have to probably jump another race but at the moment I just want to concentrate and focus on this one,” he said.
Also hoping to stay with his current team in 2012 is fellow Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi, who thinks HRT is finally set to make some progress off the back of the grid.
“The big project is for the future, for 2012, and I have to say the new owner Thesan are planning big things for the team,” he said on Thursday.