Nov.13 (GMM/ Jarno Trulli’s place on the 2012 grid could be in danger.

When some cynics read the Team Lotus press release in September, they noted that while it referred to the Italian’s contract being renewed, not one of the 322 words said he will actually be racing.

“I am very proud that I can keep helping the team take steps forward for at least another year,” the 37-year-old was quoted as saying, “and I am looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.”

Now, the next rumours have emerged on the pages of the usually-reliable Italian website

The report connected the uncertainty about Trulli’s seat to the millions being hawked around the paddock by the likes of likely Virgin refugee Jerome d’Ambrosio and the Red Bull dollars promised by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

The Trulli camp denied the claims.

“Jarno’s position for 2012 isn’t in discussion, since he has a signed deal,” said his manager Lucio Cavuto.