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German Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up

Today's Weather: Sunny, air temperature 24-25°C, track temperature 29-35°C Best 2008 grid position: 3rd, Jarno Trulli (Malaysia) Best 2008 race result: 3rd, Jarno Trulli (France)

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Comfortably made it through Q1 and Q2 before a brilliant final lap in the last seconds delivered a second-row start. PROVISIONAL GRID: 4th
FP3 6th Best Lap Time: 1m 16.133s (+0.512s) Laps: 25
Q1 6th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.560s (+0.639s) Laps: 7
Q2 7th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.122s (+0.519s) Laps: 6
Q3 4th Best Lap Time: 1m 16.191s (+0.525s) Laps: 8 "It was a very good performance so I am really happy. The car handled very well and we made many small changes through the session to get closer and closer to the perfect balance. At the very end of Q3 I put in a very strong lap to give me fourth position, which was very satisfying. I am particularly happy for the team because they are working hard at the track and at the factory so it is a pleasure for me to show such a good performance. We have a good chance tomorrow now, even if it will be difficult to battle with Ferrari and McLaren. We will do our best and we know we are competitive so I am confident we can have a good result again. Clearly the goal is to score plenty of points and fight for the best possible finish."

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-02)
Summary: Easily reached Q2 after setting exactly the same lap time as Jarno and looked set for top 10 but lost out by less than 0.03s. PROVISIONAL GRID: 11th
FP3 14th Best Lap Time: 1m 16.636s (+1.015s) Laps: 27 Q17th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.560s (+0.639s) Laps: 10
Q2 11th Best Lap Time: 1m 15.508s (+0.905s) Laps: 7 "Up until the last lap it was not a bad qualifying because we easily made it through Q1 and we were looking pretty strong in Q2, with a good chance of getting into the top 10. But we couldn't improve on the last run when it was really important. I don't know how many times I have just missed out on Q3 by the tiniest of margins and it has happened again. It is extremely disappointing but of course I will fight as hard as possible in the race and we'll see what is possible."

Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis "We are very happy with this result, which is in line with a very good test session we had here last week. We were busy in preparation for qualifying because the grip conditions changed massively compared to the test and we had to adjust our set-ups to reflect this. We were a little bit cautious before qualifying because of the disappointment we felt at Silverstone when we were not where we expected despite a very strong test. This time we got it right and thanks to a great lap from Jarno we are in a very good shape for tomorrow's race. Unfortunately Timo missed out on the top 10 when there was no doubt he had the potential to be there. He just lost a little time on the second sector of his last lap but at least he can decide his fuel strategy for tomorrow's race and that will help, especially if there is a risk of rain."

New Partner Profile - Chiemsee
Toyota Motorsport GmbH will have a new official clothing supplier from 2009 after agreeing an exciting new partnership agreement with fashion and board sports brand Chiemsee. As part of the agreement, Panasonic Toyota Racing staff will wear a Chiemsee-designed range of clothing to all Grands Prix and Formula 1 activities, while the company's logo will appear on the drivers' overalls, team clothing and in the team garage. The team's official clothing will have a fresh new look, combining the extreme high quality necessary in Formula 1 and the pioneering spirit embodied in all Chiemsee products. The multi-year partnership will begin in January 2009. To inaugurate the partnership, drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock met Chiemsee brand ambassadors for an exclusive look at the products and attitude which have become Chiemsee's trademark. Rights-free photos of Jarno and Timo experiencing the Chiemsee lifestyle can be found on, in the 'events' section of the Image Library.