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Trulli to get new chassis for Italy 06 Sep 2004

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault celebrates pole position.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 28 August 2004

Renault’s Jarno Trulli will drive a completely different chassis at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix following his disappointing ninth place at the last round in Belgium.

The team could find nothing wrong with the chassis after the Spa race, but admitted that Trulli is a “very technically sensitive driver”, who can often detect problems with a car that cannot be seen on the data.

“In giving him a different chassis, built with completely different parts, we want to eliminate the possibility that some hidden problem in the car is affecting his performance,” said Technical Director Bob Bell.

“Although we have dismantled his race car from Belgium and found no problems at all, we are all wise enough to know that there are some subtleties even our data logging cannot detect.”

Trulli started the Belgian weekend in impressive fashion, taking the second pole position of his Formula One career. However, he struggled for pace in the race and, after a clash with the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya, failed to make the points. Team mate Fernando Alonso retired from the lead after spinning out on his own oil.

“Our approach to the forthcoming Grand Prix is a reflection of our total commitment to supporting equally both drivers,” added Bell. From the team's perspective, it is vitally important to extract maximum performance from both cars and drivers until the end of the season.”

Trulli, meanwhile, is confident that the new chassis will help him return to form in Italy. “When you have a result like Spa, you need to have the confidence in yourself to bounce back, and I do,” he said. “This is my home race, so I will have a lot of supporters and that brings added motivation, not pressure.

“I am sure things will go much better in Monza. The team have responded brilliantly to build a completely new car for this race, so I just hope I can get back to a normal level of performance at this race.”

Renault head to Monza lying second in the constructors’ standings on 91 points, eight ahead of archrivals BAR, who also failed to score at Spa.