Toyota Perform Professionally Despite Poor Weekend

Tadashi Yamashina described his team’s performance as “professional” after a race weekend from hell for the Toyota team. After starting from the back of the grid, Timo Glock drove a solid race finishing tenth. Jarno Trulli faired worse, as he could only manage thirteenth.

The team hope their surprisingly poor form was nothing more than a blip and that they will be back on the pace again in Turkey.

Timo Glock – 10th: “I have to say that finishing in the top 10 was a bit more than I expected at the start of the race considering how the weekend had gone up to then. We had good pace in the last stint but when you start from the pit lane in Monaco you cannot expect to score points. This weekend started badly and from then on we were playing catch up. At Monaco you want to start the weekend on a good basis and then adjust the car to the track as it evolves, but we had problems from the first practice. I am looking forward to Turkey and I hope we can improve significantly.”

Jarno Trulli – 13th: “It was a tough race for me, as we anticipated after the qualifying result. It was always going to be very difficult from where we were on the grid and my strategy didn’t work out. I seemed to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the traffic, which is obviously a real problem at this track. Whenever I was putting in a few good laps I had to slow down again because slower cars were in front and it is impossible to overtake. Now this difficult weekend is over we have to forget about it and focus on the next race when I am sure we will be much more competitive.”

Tadashi Yamashina – Team Principal: “Even though it has been a difficult weekend for us, and a disappointing race, the team and both drivers pushed as hard as possible and did a professional job. They never gave up even after such a frustrating qualifying result and that is a credit to them. We obviously have to look very carefully at what went wrong this weekend when we get back to Cologne. Everyone in the factory has worked really hard this season so I am sure we will be back where we belong in Turkey. We remain third in the Constructors’ Championship so we must continue to fight hard and think positively.”