Q&A with Jarno Trulli

Fri, 31 August 2007, 02:22

The Turkish Grand Prix was a disappointing event for Jarno Trulli and the Toyota team. Starting ninth, Trulli was involved in a first turn incident and found himself at the back of the field and was unable to make much progress from that point, taking the chequered flag in 16th position.

How disappointing was it to get mixed up in a first lap accident at Istanbul?
“It’s very frustrating because your race is effectively over practically before you have started. It’s quite a bottle-neck first corner at Istanbul Park but I had qualified in the top 10 again and thought that I had a decent chance of scoring points. By the time I rejoined and crossed the line at the end of the first lap, there was only one car behind me.”

What happened at the start?
“I made a good start and was fighting with Rosberg, but as I braked for the first corner Fisichella hit me from behind. That spun me around and when I rejoined I was at the back.”

You certainly seemed to waste no time making up ground?
“Yeah, I think I made up five places in six laps and I did a particularly good move to pass Jenson Button. But you simply lose too much time and finishing in 16th position proved that. The car definitely felt well balanced but I was never in clean air to demonstrate its potential.

Had you been happy with the car throughout the weekend?
“I was fourth quickest in the second practice session on Friday but I was not entirely happy on Saturday. I qualified ninth but I didn’t have complete confidence to attack as hard as I wanted to with the brakes. My qualifying time was as quick as I could go in the circumstances.”

What are your thoughts on the car’s current level of competitiveness?
“We have been quite competitive in recent races, since Indianapolis really, but for various reasons we have not achieved the results we hoped for. The midfield battle is very tight and everything needs to go perfectly if you are to get a really good result. But the car is still improving and the balance in the race in Turkey was actually quite good. It was just a shame we never really got the opportunity to see how competitive we were because we were caught up in traffic the whole race.”

Did you have any significant changes on the car in Turkey?
“We had a new front wing which was definitely a good step, as well as an updated floor. The car is improving thanks to the team’s hard work and we are going in the right direction but of course we still have work to do.”

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