Toyota left to ponder what might have been

jarno-trulliDespite a double points finish, Toyota were generally disappointed with their race performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Having started from the front row and led in the opening laps, both Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock struggled for grip after fitting the prime tyre during their first pit stop.

This dropped Glock down the order, finally finishing in 7th, whereas Trulli managed his tyres better and was able to hold on to the final podium position.

Both Toyota team principal Tadashi Yamashina and the drivers were disappointed with the outcome of today’s race, but remain hopeful that they can challenge for victory once more in Barcelona.

Jarno Trulli – 3rd: “I’m a little disappointed to be honest because I thought we had a chance to take Toyota’s first win this weekend. But it was a hard race. I was slightly slower into the first corner than Timo so I spent the first stint following him. I knew I was going longer than him but it was still difficult. Then we went for a very long second stint on the hard tyres. It was really hard fighting with the other cars and eventually Sebastian took the position after my last stop. After that he was on the hard tyres and I was on the soft. I was pushing him because I was quicker but there was no way to overtake. Still, I have to thank the engineers and mechanics because they did a very good job and it’s good to be on the podium again.”

Timo Glock – 7th: “That was a difficult race. I made a promising start and I was surprised to get ahead of Jarno from the dirty side. Then we were the first car to pit, which was already critical. But when I went out on the prime tyres I don’t know how many seconds I lost on the first two laps because I was really struggling for grip. I couldn’t get any heat into the tyres and I really lost the race in the second stint. I was sliding around and it was clear that the speed was better on the options. In the end I was chasing Kimi but there was no chance to overtake. Still, two points are better than none and we will now look for more in Spain.”

Tadashi Yamashina – Team Principal: “We expected more from today but I’m happy with third place and I’d like to thank Jarno for his efforts. Timo struggled for stability on the prime tyre so that’s where he lost ground but he still brought home two points. This is our third podium of the year so I’d like to thank everyone involved with the team, both here in Bahrain and at the factory, along with our sponsors. When we have conditions like these we must now aim for the centre of the podium, starting at the next race in Barcelona.”