Jarno Trulli has said that this year’s Toyota TF109 is the best Toyota he has driven in pre-season testing. The Italian, who is to start his fifth full season with the Cologne-based outfit, is very optimistic ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend.
“I am totally fired up for this season and I am feeling very positive about our chances,” the Italian is quoted as saying by autosport.com. “The TF109 is the best Toyota I have driven in pre-season testing; it feels stable and gives the driver confidence but more importantly it seems to be pretty quick, even though it’s hard to make too many judgements based on testing,” admitted the Pescara-born driver.
Trulli pointed to the improvement the team had made in 2008 and said that it boded well for 2009.
“We made a big step last year, proving we can fight for podiums and finish regularly in the top six so I am hoping for another step forward this year.
“We have more experience now and the team has worked really hard for a long time on the TF109 – we are ready for the season and I am raring to go.”
Toyota are one of many teams who have looked competitive in pre-season, but with rumours surrounding the marque’s continued involvement in the sport, they are thought to be one of the most desperate to do well.