Toyota President, John Howett, paid tribute to his entire team and it’s effort in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
After trouble throughout qualifying and the practice sessions, both Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock used their long first stint to climb up through the grid and into a double points finish.
Timo Glock was an impressive sixth, pushing Heikki Kovalainen towards the end of the race, while Jarno Trulli took the final points position in eighth.
Toyota now hope that they can build on this result and have a stronger climax to the season.
Timo Glock – 6th: “I thoroughly enjoyed my race and to finish inside the top six after starting from 13th is a very good result. I have to say thanks to the team for their good work this weekend, especially to my car crew who have done such a great job. Our strategy was really strong today and the car felt spot on, so it was a nice race for me. In the first stint, on such a heavy fuel load, I struggled a little to start with but then I found a good rhythm and made up a lot of time, especially in the second stint. I had a really good feeling for the car and the tyres performed very well; really consistent. This result is better than I expected today so I am happy and it’s nice to be back in the points again.”
Jarno Trulli – 8th: “I said yesterday that I never give up and I think today’s result shows that because I made up several positions and finished in the points again. The car felt strong early in the race and I think I had good pace but I was also stuck in traffic and that made things a little tricky. Later on I started to lose a bit of grip but I kept fighting because I knew we could get in the points. It’s a pity we qualified outside the top 10 because who knows what could have been possible but I am happy to be in the points again and this is a positive result for the team. Now I am looking forward to the European Grand Prix in Valencia where I hope we will be even stronger.”
John Howett – President: “That was a strong team effort and I am pleased with our performance today, especially after the difficult qualifying. The drivers performed exceptionally well to make up so many places; we had a strong strategy and the pit crew did a great job, all of which is very encouraging. We have to understand why we did not show this performance in qualifying but we will be working hard to remedy that for the next race so we can get both cars into the top six. Our factory closes for two weeks at the start of August and that gives us time to gather our strength and come back with renewed vigour in Valencia, where we performed well last year and aim to do so again this time.”