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Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up

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Today's Weather: Sunny and dry. Air 30-31°C, track 38-44°C Best 2008 grid position: 3rd Jarno Trulli (Malaysia) Best 2008 race result: 3rd Jarno Trulli (France)

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-06)
Summary: Quick throughout, his best ever qualifying in F1 PROVISIONAL GRID: 5th
FP3 3rd Best Lap Time: 1m 20.623s (+0.395s) Laps: 21
Q1 5th Best Lap Time: 1m 19.980s (+0.604s) Laps: 10
Q2 2nd Best Lap Time: 1m 19.246s (+0.178s) Laps: 6
Q3 5th Best Lap Time: 1m 21.326s (+0.427s) Laps: 8

"That was a very good qualifying session for me and I'm obviously delighted. We made a good start in first practice yesterday. The team did a good job overnight and we made the right choice over set-up. It wasn't easy today because we had a very tight choice over tyres so we had to make a close decision for every lap. But in the end my engineers stayed cool and got it right. In Q2 the car felt perfect. Then on the very last lap it was a bit trickier again because the tyres didn't behave quite as well, but I'm happy with P5. We are in a great situation for tomorrow. It's good for all of us and after Hockenheim this is the perfect answer for the faith I have in the whole team."

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Struggled for balance but still took 9th place PROVISIONAL GRID: 9th
FP3 14th Best Lap Time: 1m 21.601s (+1.373s) Laps: 18
Q1 3rd Best Lap Time: 1m 19.942s (+0.566s) Laps: 6
Q2 5th Best Lap Time: 1m 19.246s (+0.418s) Laps: 6
Q3 9th Best Lap Time: 1m 21.767s (+0.868s) Laps: 8

"I'm glad to be in the top ten but that was a difficult qualifying session and P9 is disappointing. Since this morning I have struggled for grip and balance and unfortunately we weren't able to find the answers in time. I had the same problems in qualifying so we will have to investigate that tonight. I'm happy for Timo, who has done a good job this weekend and it is clearly important for us to score as many points as possible for the constructors' championship. Overtaking is very difficult here but tomorrow is a very long race and we will see what we can achieve."

Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis "From the pit wall that was a very exciting and pleasing hour of qualifying. We were fighting in the top three for all the sessions, except for the very last lap. We will investigate what happened but compared to the outings before we slightly underperformed. Still, there is no room for disappointment. Timo took his best ever grid position and he was very strong during all the sessions. We'll have to see what the fuel loads are tomorrow but when all the cars were at low fuel he was consistently in the top three. Jarno struggled for balance so we will look into the data tonight. The tyres were a very close call today but we organised our run plan so that we were able to make the right decisions at the right time and it worked out. Now we have a strong position for the race tomorrow with both drivers."

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