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Q&A with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli 28 Mar 2009

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 28 March 2009 The helmet of Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 28 March 2009 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF109.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 28 March 2009

All weekend the Toyota’s were running smoothly, but when it counted Jarno Trulli’s let him down and at the end of qualifying P8 was the best he could do. And then it went from bad to worse: following technical inspections by the FIA it was found that the team's rear wing elements were in breach of the rules and Trulli and team mate Timo Glock were stripped of their qualifying positions, putting them to the back of the grid. Hopefully the car will come good for the Italian in the race…

Q: Jarno, we could see in qualifying that you had problems with your car when compared to today’s practice session. What happened?
Jarno Trulli:
It is a complete mystery. Compared to the morning I did not change anything on the car, but at qualifying I was not able to get grip on the tyres and get them warm. On top of that I had problems with the brakes. I was happy to get into top 10, but in general it was a major disaster. With the brakes the problem started yesterday and we could not resolve it by now. The pedal gets long and the tyres lock. It got even worst on the last lap with heavy fuel load.

Q: How is the car behaving on the long runs?
JT:
To be honest, I do not know. As I said, today in the morning the car had grip and I was quick. During the winter testing the car never behaved like it did in today’s qualifying. So I do not have any explanation for that, it is a complete mystery to me.

Q: How does the car behave on heavy fuel load, given that you had many problems with that during last season?
JT:
Compared to last season it is fantastic. Through all the weekend the car behaved perfectly in this respect. And again I have to say that I do not know what happened then in qualifying.

Q: So what will your target be for tomorrow’s race?
JT:
I cannot answer this question, as I am not sure. I will go out and do my best. If the car responds well, as it used to up until qualifying I think we have a chance to race well. We always had a good pace, also on heavy fuel load.

Q: How have you experienced the light conditions on the track?
JT:
I found them very difficult, as there are a lot of shadows. We understand that the light condition issue can also be very dangerous during the race and especially when you are in a fight for positions, with all these shadows you can easily get confused. Also when the sun sets, the shadows change from lap to lap. But these seem to be rather minor problems to me compared to the ones with my car.

Q: What do you think on the Brawn team?
JT:
Well, we know due to the winter testing results that they would be quick. And we saw today what they were able to do. I am happy for them, as they have gone through some rough times, that they were able to be here at all.

Q: Do you think you can close the gap to Brawn GP through development within the next few races? Many other teams think that they are in a class of their own at the moment…
JT:
All I can say is that with the new rules you have a lot of opportunities to develop your car, for everyone. So we will see who does a better job in the next few weeks. Every team has to do a lot of investigation and needs to find the crucial bits of information to be able to develop into the right direction.