Jarno Trulli is hoping to avoid a repeat of his Barcelona pit-stop debacle; the Italian acknowledging that to score points in Turkey, Toyota will have to be error-free.
The Italian veteran was set for sixth place in last week s Spanish grand prix having stayed glued to the gearbox of Mark Webber throughout most of the race.
But when his Toyota engineers mistook Glock s damaged TF108 for Trulli s the German had collided with the other Red Bull of David Coulthard the team called the Italian into the pits, demoting the 33-year-old two places in the process.
Trulli is confident that Toyota will be able to challenge for points again in Turkey, but he insists that the competitiveness of the current field makes it imperative to perform flawlessly.
“We showed in Spain that we are quite strong, but we also saw that we have to perform at our maximum if we are to get into the top six,â€
“The fight is so close that small variables can make a big difference to the end result so we must keep pushing hard.â€
Toyota arrive at Istanbul fresh from a solid run of results this year with Jarno Trulli s eighth place in Barcelona notching up the team s third consecutive points finish.
The Cologne-based outfit will build on their aerodynamic package introduced at Spain with further developments to optimise the TF108. The German-Japanese concern has scored points in two of the three Turkish Grands Prix so far and after an encouraging start to the season Trulli is confident he can once again deliver a good result.
“We have been competitive on every circuit so far this season so we should expect to be qualifying in the top 10 and scoring points again. I am determined to get another positive result this weekend and I believe we are in a strong position to do that.”
Pascal Vasselon, Toyota s Senior Chassis Manager, echoed Trulli s optimism and is adamant Toyota can put the disappointing of Spain behind them.
“We go to Turkey with optimism because we have seen over the first four races that our car is competitive and able to challenge for the top six,â€ said the Frenchman.
“It was unfortunate that a mix-up cost Jarno sixth in Spain but it was encouraging to again be fighting in that position. So the goal for this weekend clearly has to be a strong points finish, hopefully with both cars.”