Panasonic Toyota Racing
Monaco Grand Prix - Race Round-Up
Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-06)
Summary: Gained a place into the first corner before pitting for a new nose after early spin. Ran on full wets but suffered as the track dried and spun shortly before pit stop. Fuelled to the end but later switched to dry tyres and brought the car home in 12th.
Race Classification: 12th (+1 lap)
Qualifying Classification: 11th Lap Time: 1m 15.907s (+0.797s in Q2) Grid: 10th
"That just wasn't a good day for me. It would have been possible to score points but I just made too many mistakes and I am sorry for the team. I made a good start and passed Webber on the run down to the first corner. Then I spun a couple of laps later and had to come in. We switched to extreme wets for the first stint but they became harder as the track dried. Soon after our pit stop the track dried out further and we pitted again for dry tyres. Then it was just about bringing the car home. We will hope for better next time."
Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Starting 8th, made switch to full wets during safety car period. Gained places and ran 7th but found going harder as track dried. Made switch to standard wets and fuelled to the end, pitting later for dry tyres and finishing 13th.
Race Classification: 13th (+1 lap)
Qualifying Classification: 8th Lap Time: 1m 17.203s (+1.416s in Q3) Grid: 8th
"This has been a hard weekend and today was one of those days when things just didn't work out for us. At one stage it was raining really hard and we took the gamble to go on extreme wet tyres. That went well at the beginning because I was quicker and I did several good overtaking manoeuvres. But then the rain stopped and I was really struggling with extreme wets on a drying track. Unfortunately here you are always stuck in traffic and I lost a lot of positions during our pit stops. Towards the end of the race we put the dry tyres on and I brought the car home."
Tadashi Yamashina - Team Principal
"If we had kept up the performance we had shown in qualifying we would have scored some good points. Instead it was a very difficult day. Both drivers made good starts and they were in good shape for the race early on. But then Timo did some spins which we were not expecting. Jarno also struggled for pace on the extreme wet tyres while the track dried and other cars made up ground. The drivers lacked confidence with the car here while our tyre change strategy was not suited for the weather we faced today. So the race went against us in all possible areas and we have a lot to analyse. Now we must keep pushing to do better in Canada."
Toyota will return to action in a fortnight at the Canadian Grand Prix. Stay up to date with all the latest news from www.toyota-f1-world.com, where you will find Jarno Trulli's Monaco Grand Prix debrief later this week. A VNR feature and accompanying text giving an insight into how the team uses simulation, and tools such as an engine dyno and the seven-post rig, will be released on Monday 2 June.