After showing so much promise in Qualifying, the Spanish Grand Prix was a rather unhappy affair for the Toyota team. Jarno Trulli was envolved in the first corner accident at the start, running wide into turn two and spinning back into the oncoming field. The Italian’s team mate, Timo Glock, also had a difficult race after getting stuck behind Nico Rosberg at the start and later Lewis Hamilton.
The team are now hoping for a stronger performance next time out, in Monte Carlo.
Jarno Trulli – DNF: “It was a very frustrating day for me because I was optimistic our strategy was good and I would be able to score a lot of points. Unfortunately my race did not last very long. I had a poor start because the engine didn’t pull exactly as it should have done so I lost some positions and was right behind (Fernando) Alonso and (Nico) Rosberg going into the first corner. Rosberg went off then during the next corner he came back on to the track right next to me. I had to avoid him because he came back on really quickly. I had to steer off the track and lost control of the car over the grass, so I spun and someone hit me. But there is no point in looking back; now we have to focus on the next race when hopefully we can achieve a much better result.”
Timo Glock – 10th: “I had a tough race. At the start the car didn’t pull away; I don’t know why but we have to analyse it because Jarno didn’t have a great start either. He was in front of me into turn one and then I saw him spinning. I got through the incident but then I was behind Nico (Rosberg) and I couldn’t get close enough to him in the slipstream; every time I was close my tyres started to go off. Even when I was in clear air today the car was not perfect so we have to look at what happened and try to come back stronger for the next races.”
Tadashi Yamashina – Team Principal: “That was a disappointing race because we were very hopeful of scoring points and it did not happen. We expected a better performance this weekend but things have not worked out as we wanted. The whole team put in a big effort to bring a package of aerodynamic upgrades to this race but ultimately it has been a frustrating weekend so we have to look at the data when we get back to Cologne and understand how to improve. Also, it seemed both Jarno and Timo had some trouble at the start so we have to analyse this too. But we will not be disheartened; we will push really hard in the coming days and we will fight for a better result in Monaco.”