Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli are both confident of a strong race in tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix. Although having experienced a somewhat quiet weekend, Toyota were immediately on the pace in this afternoon’s Qualifying, achieving 6th and 7th respectively.
Both drivers and Pascal Vasselon, the Senior General manager of Chassis, believe that the team are in a strong position for Sunday after carrying reasonably heavy fuel loads in the third segment of Qualifying.
Jarno Trulli – 7th: “It was an interesting and tough qualifying session for me today, particularly Q1 and Q2 when I struggled a little on a low fuel load but we made it into Q3 which is the main thing. In Q3 the grip was much better with more fuel on board and the car reacted well so I was able to push hard. At the end of the session I managed to put in a very good lap so I am pleased with my performance and I think seventh on the grid is pretty good considering the fuel I have on board. I believe my strategy is a good one so today’s result was positive and I am optimistic for a good result in the race.”
Timo Glock – 6th: “I am reasonably satisfied to be starting in the top six, especially as the practice sessions didn’t go completely to plan. I struggled a bit in practice with car stability but we worked hard to improve that and qualifying sixth is not a bad result so we have to be happy with it. Obviously we hoped to be a bit closer to the front but other teams have made a step forward this weekend and the competition is really close. I’ve scored points in all the races so far this season and starting from the third row gives me a good opportunity to keep up that run. Finishing on the podium will not be easy but of course I’ll be pushing as hard as possible and we’ll see what happens in the race tomorrow.”
Pascal Vasselon – Senior General Manager Chassis: “All in all our qualifying performance went well and we are reasonably satisfied to have both cars in the top eight. It has been a busy weekend for us because we had several new aerodynamic items to evaluate in practice and we have done a lot of laps in preparation for the race. Prior to qualifying the practice results didn’t look fantastic for us but we have worked well to be competitive again when it mattered. In terms of track and tyre characteristics here, we are in a situation which clearly opens a window for two or three pit stops so the race will be very interesting and we will probably see some different strategies. We believe we are in good shape so I am feeling positive.”