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Trulli blames Bourdais for first-corner exit 19 Oct 2008

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF108 spins at the start.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 October 2008 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 18 October 2008 Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 October 2008

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was less than pleased with Sebastien Bourdais after clashing with the Toro Rosso driver in the opening corner of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Trulli blamed Bourdais for the contact, which spun the Italian off track.

Starting seventh and eighth respectively on the Shanghai grid, Trulli and Bourdais were alongside each other into Turn One before their cars touched. Bourdais was able to continue, but Trulli went off track and dropped to the back of the field. He pitted for repairs, but bodywork damage made his TF108 undriveable.

"Away from the line I was side-by-side with Sebastian Vettel but I had to give up on him because he had the inside line,” said Trulli. “Then Sebastien Bourdais suddenly hit the right side of my car at the rear and damaged it. It is frustrating because he did this once before this year at Spa, where he also ruined my race at the first corner. Today I couldn't carry on which is a pity because we had a very good chance of more points.”

It was the second race in succession in which Bourdais has been involved in a Turn One collision. At Fuji he was penalized for a clash with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, despite most believing he was not at fault. In Shanghai there was never any talk of a penalty after what Bourdais - and most observers - felt was a racing incident.

“I’m not sure what happened with Trulli at the first corner,” said Bourdais. “I guess he didn’t see me. I was halfway alongside him and he turned in. I was right under Sebastian’s rear wing and of course we are all very close in the first corner. We touched, he spun and I went really wide, dropped to the back and that was my race spoilt.

“It was a shame because after that, every time I was in clean air I had a good pace and passed around half a dozen cars. Finishing 13th, having been last is not a bad result, but it’s disappointing, given we started eighth with a car good enough to score points today.”

Toyota still managed to score points thanks to Timo Glock’s seventh place, while Toro Rosso narrowly missed out, with Vettel coming home ninth.