Toyota struggled throughout the Italian Grand Prix with Timo Glock finishing in twelfth and Jarno Trulli in fourteenth.
Both drivers had expected a poor afternoon’s racing, with the TF109 having struggled for pace all weekend.
Despite this, the team provided some entertainment for fans with Trulli and Glock battling on track for position. The team now hope that the next Grand Prix, at Singapore, will see a dramatic change in fortunes.
Timo Glock – 12th: “It wasn’t the result we wanted but at least it was good entertainment. I had already been fighting with Jarno when I came out of the pits; it was quite tight but he got ahead. Then towards the end I could see him try to overtake Kazuki Nakajima but he hit the kerbs and bounced wide. We had a nice battle and made sure we kept it clean. In the end I was on the inside so I won the fight. Overall it was never going to be easy to get much out of this race but Singapore is a different track and we will have some new bits on the car so we should have a decent chance.”
Jarno Trulli – 14th: “We expected a difficult race and that’s what we got. I was behind (Kazuki) Nakajima for much of the race and I felt I was able to go faster but it was difficult to overtake. Towards the end I was getting a bit bored to be honest and I tried really hard to find an opportunity. As soon as I saw a little space I just dived in and braked very late. The move was almost okay but there wasn’t quite enough space and unfortunately I hit the kerb and then I had a bit of a fight with Timo. That was good fun and I enjoyed it. I was always on the outside line but I kept fighting because it is better to have a bit of action and in the end it doesn’t make much different if I am 11th or 14th. At least I tried because it wasn’t an exciting race for me otherwise.”
Tadashi Yamashina – Team Principal: “It was a disappointing race result for us after a frustrating qualifying but we knew it was likely to be hard for us here. At least we provided some exciting action for the fans with Jarno and Timo battling towards the end of the race; they showed their fighting spirit. Monza is a unique circuit which places unique demands on the car so I am convinced we will improve for the next race in Singapore. It is a completely different kind of track and we will work hard to get a better result there.”