Trulli happy with new Toyota teammate Glock

Tue, 22 January 2008, 12:23

Jarno Trulli says he is happy with his new formula one teammate, Timo Glock.

Reigning GP2 champion Glock, who is 25, arrives at Toyota in 2008 to replace Ralf Schumacher, who between 2005 and last season partnered Trulli at grands prix.

Trulli, the 33-year-old Italian veteran of more than 180 starts, and F1 refugee Schumacher, were believed to have shared an amiable – albeit not close – relationship at the Japanese team.

But Trulli told the Cologne newspaper Express this week: “In these first days, I have spoken more with Timo than I did with Ralf in three years.”

Toyota chief engineer Dieter Gass also expressed satisfaction with the team’s new recruit after his initial days of pre-season testing in Spain.

“Timo has surprised us with his suggestions at the first tests,” Gass said, after Germany’s Glock tested the TF108 at Jerez last week and even topped the times on the third and final day.

Meanwhile, Nelson Piquet Jr is confident that he will get along well with Fernando Alonso at Renault in 2008, even though the Spaniard and Lewis Hamilton clashed spectacularly at McLaren last season.

“I met Alonso last week during testing at Jerez and we are having an excellent relationship so far,” the Brazilian rookie told the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper O Globo.

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