Timo Glock marked Toyota’s return to form with a strong second place in today’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Taking advantage of other’s misfortune, Glock was able to power into second place and fend off Renault’s Fernando Alonso in the closing stages.
The German driver cited getting past Alonso as the key moment of his race.
Jarno Trulli recorded a poor performance for Toyota, finishing in twelfth after being caught out by the Safety Car period.
Timo Glock – 2nd: “We have had a really good weekend and this is a great reward for the team. After a solid qualifying the pace was good in the race so I am really happy for the team and myself. It was important to get in front of Fernando (Alonso) on the first lap and I was disappointed I didn’t do it at the start. I saw he was fighting with Mark (Webber) and I just dived in and made the pass. It paid off because after that our strategy worked well; it was the key point in my race. I was just concentrating the whole race on my speed and we didn’t make any mistakes. This is a brilliant result for Toyota before the Japanese Grand Prix. It’s important for everyone in the team; the mechanics and engineers as well as the people back home in Cologne and in Japan. The car worked well today with the new package and I hope we can be competitive again in Suzuka.”
Jarno Trulli – 12th: “It was a really tough race and not much went right for me. As soon as I got out of the traffic the safety car came at the wrong moment for me; right when I was passing through the pits for my first stop. I wasn’t particularly competitive all weekend and I was struggling with traction so we have to take a look at that. But on the positive side Timo’s second place is a great result for the team, who really deserve it. Timo drove a great race and I am happy for his podium; it is also good news for us in the Constructors’ Championship.”
Tadashi Yamashina – Team Principal: “I am extremely happy to be back on the podium and fighting at the front again. Timo did a fantastic job this weekend, as did the entire team. Everything went perfectly with Timo today; his pit stops were very good and he drove very well. Jarno did his best but unfortunately it was always going to be difficult after qualifying. To be on the podium again is a particularly satisfying result coming just a few days before our home Grand Prix in Japan. Suzuka should be more suited to our car than Singapore so we can expect to be very competitive there as well. I would like to thank the team for their hard work in getting such a g