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British Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up

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Today's Weather: Wet morning and further spots of rain in Q1, then dry. Air 19-20°C, track 22-32°C Best 2008 grid position: 3rd Jarno Trulli (Malaysia) Best 2008 race result: 3rd Jarno Trulli (France)

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-02)
Summary: Finished just outside the top ten in Q2 PROVISIONAL GRID: 12th
FP3 8th Best Lap Time: 1m 22.183s (+1.443s) Laps: 21
Q1 9th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.893s (+0.936s) Laps: 8
Q2 12th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.274s (+0.747s) Laps: 6

"Following our problems yesterday, when we missed half the day's practice, today was another difficult day. A lot of cars were close together and we just failed to reach Q3 so the running time that we missed probably had an effect. Still, we had quite a good pace this morning and my feeling was that we would be in the top ten. So I don't know why it didn't work out. After today's rain, the track was a bit more green. In those conditions we don't seem to be able to get 100 percent out of the tyres and perhaps that is why we struggled. We will have to see how the weather is tomorrow but the race could be quite tricky."

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Missed out on Q3 for only the second time this year PROVISIONAL GRID: 14th
FP3 14th Best Lap Time: 1m 22.556s (+1.816s) Laps: 20
Q1 13th Best Lap Time: 1m 21.145s (+1.188) Laps: 7
Q2 14th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.601s (+1.064s) Laps: 6

"I am disappointed because we are out of the top ten and we haven't looked very competitive here. We understood what happened yesterday and these things happen, no problem. But I've struggled a lot this weekend with car balance. Qualifying was not great and the car was bottoming too much in the first sector. That cost me time which I could not recover in the rest of the lap. That is strange because we didn't change the car itself. It's difficult to find the right set-up when the wind changes so much but I went for a wet set-up in case we have a wet race tomorrow. Now I just hope that will pay off and our Sunday will be better."

Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis "That was clearly not the result we expected after last week's test here which was in line with our performance in Magny-Cours. We had a difficult Friday for various reasons on both cars but we had every indication that we would recover from that. This morning our usual preparations in P3 went well, but what happened in qualifying did not reflect that. The weather disturbed a bit of Q1 but we had a clear forecast and managed those conditions well so that did not affect the result. So now we need to go back to work and understand what has happened because that is really not where we wanted to be here. Of course the weather is uncertain to say the least so anything can happen and we'll see how we can best benefit from the conditions tomorrow."

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