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Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up

Today's Weather: Dry with sunny periods, air 20-21°C, track 24-29°C Best 2008 grid position: 3rd, Jarno Trulli (Malaysia) Best 2008 race result: 4th, Jarno Trulli (Malaysia)

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Strong run into Q3 and row four of the grid PROVISIONAL GRID: 8th
FP3 17th Best Lap Time: 1m 18.858s (+2.291s) Laps: 25
Q1 12th Best Lap Time: 1m 16.306s (+1.116s) Laps: 7
Q2 7th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.598s (+0.488s) Laps: 6
Q3 8th Best Lap Time: 1m 17.203s (+1.416s) Laps: 8

"Today was a good qualifying but it was tough. All weekend I've had some problems with getting the most out of the package and even during qualifying I wasn't completely happy. Here in Monaco if you don't have confidence it is difficult to push to the limit. So I am glad to be in the top ten again and I also have high hopes for the race. A big thank you to the team and the mechanics because they worked really hard during Thursday practice when we had several problems so it's good to give them a good qualifying session."

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-06)
Summary: Missed out on Q3 by under a tenth PROVISIONAL GRID: 11th
FP3 12th Best Lap Time: 1m 18.424s (+1.857s) Laps: 26
Q1 11th Best Lap Time: 1m 16.285s (+1.095s) Laps: 10
Q2 11th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.907s (+0.797s) Laps: 6

"It was frustrating to miss out on Q3 today because the weekend had been going well. I don't know what happened. I did a decent first lap in Q2 but on the last set of tyres it just didn't work out. I had a good first sector but the last two sectors didn't come together and I missed Q3 by less than a tenth of a second. The consolation is that I have a free strategy for tomorrow. The weather could still play a part and we'll push to make up ground."

Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis "Altogether that was quite a hectic weekend - because of both the weather conditions this morning and some issues we had in practice. But Jarno is especially strong in Monaco so even after a difficult Thursday he was able to recover well and put the car on row four. He was under half a second from the top car in Q2 so it shows the gaps are getting closer. We are really disappointed for Timo, who so narrowly missed out on Q3. He has been strong all weekend and did a good job in all the sessions - both in the dry and in the wet. Still, he's in a good position for tomorrow because he has the first car that is free to decide on strategy overnight. That could be a significant advantage given the uncertain weather conditions so we can be hopeful for the race."

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