After a strong qualifying, Jarno Trulli hopes to banish Toyota’s dark weekend in Monaco with a podium finish in tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix. The Italian was back to his best in qualifying, lining up 5th on the grid.
However qualifying did not run smoothly for Trulli’s team mate Timo Glock. The German made a mistake on his final qualifying run in Q2 and will start 13th.
Jarno Trulli – 5th: “I am happy with this good result, especially after the difficult time we had during the last race weekend. We have made big improvements and it is nice to be back at the front where we belong. The tyre situation was a little tricky today because I was very quick on the hard tyre while I didn’t feel I got the most out of the soft option. We need to analyse that to give us the best possible chance tomorrow I’m fired up and looking forward to the race. We were not far off pole position which is very encouraging and gives us high expectations for the race tomorrow. Obviously it is a long race and it’s difficult to predict what will happen, but I will be fighting to finish on the podium.”
Timo Glock – 13th: “That was not an easy session for me and it is disappointing to be out of the top 10. This morning we were quick and the set-up felt really good, so I was happy with the car going into qualifying. But when we put the option tyres on with a light fuel load the car had some oversteer and it didn’t feel exactly like it did in the morning. We were still competitive and expecting to get into the top 10 but on my final lap of Q2 I made a mistake in the last sector and that was it; I lost time and didn’t qualify where I expected. But it’s easier to overtake here than in Monaco so I won’t give up on the race.”
Pascal Vasselon – Senior General Manager Chassis: “We are clearly having a better weekend than we did in Monaco which is a credit to the huge team effort to understand our issues from that weekend and bring new parts here. Nevertheless, we cannot b completely satisfied with this qualifying result. We missed out on getting both cars in the top 10 which is a pity, especially as we had very high hopes for that before qualifying. Unfortunately Timo made a mistake in the last sector when he was on for a competitive lap time, which explains his grid position.
“Jarno performed very well throughout and it is pleasing to be back at the right end of the grid. Naturally we want to fight for the podium here so we aimed a little higher than fifth, but it didn’t happen so now we are looking to maximise our chances in the race. The tyre situation here is extremely interesting and quite unusual, with the hard and soft tyres offering very similar grip characteristics. This makes tyre choice more of a challenge and we are likely to see some different strategies in the race.”