2008 Turkish GP, Qualifying: Toyota quotes 

Written by David on May 10th, 2008 at 5:09 pmLast Update: May 10th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Panasonic ToyotaPascal Vasselon, Senior General Manager Chassis: “That was a very shaky qualifying session after a weekend that had been going smoothly so far. Timo in particular had been having a good weekend, consistently running well with no set-up problems. He was fast and heading for a top ten position. Unfortunately in the second run of Q2 we had a problem with the front right wheel drive pegs that still has to be fully analysed. He could make it back to the pits but he was definitely unable to finish a quick lap. So we will have to investigate exactly what has happened with him. Jarno did his usual great job – even if he only just made the top ten after his second outing in Q2 did not go as expected. Still, I remain confident that we are in a good position for the race. This is probably the first time this season that the tyre choice is not straightforward so we will see a mix of tyre strategies tomorrow.”

Timo Glock: “That’s a disappointing result because I have been happy with the handling of the car this weekend and I was able to push this afternoon. In Q2 we had a good qualifying lap until turn nine. I braked in and suddenly I felt a problem with the front right wheel. I couldn’t finish the lap and I had to give up and bring the car back. It’s a shame because it was a good lap and I think it would easily have been good enough to make the top ten. Instead this result clearly means we have a difficult race ahead.”

Jarno Trulli: “It was good to make it into the top ten again and to be on the fourth row is better than I expected. But I am not really satisfied. I just couldn’t get the set-up right so I had some trouble with understeer and oversteer. That meant the car was difficult to drive and I could not repeat the same lap times that I did at the beginning of the session. Maybe there was something strange happening with the wind on the track but that’s the same for everyone. We’re in a very tight group of teams so we will have to push hard for a result in the race.”

source: Panasonic Toyota

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