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Japanese Grand Prix - Race Round-Up

Today's Weather: Cloudy but dry. Air 16-17°C, track 20-23°C
Constructors' Championship Points: 50 (5th)
Drivers' Championship Points: Jarno Trulli 30 (8th) Timo Glock 20 (10th)

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Starting 7th, he made a strong getaway and�made up�ground�at the first corner. On a longer first stint than the cars in front he gained�further places�and he led the race for three laps before pitting on lap 21. He led again at the end of his long second stint before his final stop on lap 50. He ended up coming home in 5th place, taking four points at Panasonic Toyota Racing's home race.
Race Classification: 5th (+23.767s)
Qualifying Classification: 7th Lap Time: 1m 19.026s (+0.622s in Q3) Grid: 7th
"We have to be happy with that today but honestly I wanted to give a bit more both to the team and to all the Japanese fans who cheered us on. I was really hoping that we could make the podium but this 5th place was all that we could have done this afternoon. I gave everything from start to finish but we could not do any better today. We've been competitive all weekend and the car was good again in the race but the lower temperatures didn't help us. That meant that the car was slightly unbalanced. I tried to keep Piquet's Renault behind me but they were very quick today. Still, I'm glad to come away with some points to give the home support something to cheer."

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-07)
Summary: From 8th on the grid, he made a solid start but dropped back after being forced wide at the first corner. He regained the places and was running 8th on lap 5 when the car suffered damage to the seat fixations on the exit of turn 6. He pitted and rejoined but he was forced to retire a lap later.
Race Classification: DNF
Qualifying Classification: 8th Lap Time: 1m 19.118s (+0.714s in Q3) Grid: 8th
"That was a short afternoon's work for me. I made a good start but I lost ground when everyone went wide at the first corner and I was pushed off the track. Then following David Coulthard's accident it felt like I drove over some of the debris. After that the car felt strange and in the end I lost the car on the kerb at the exit of turn six. I went over the grass and the car launched through the air. When I landed it felt like something broke on the rear, causing us to retire. It's a particular pity because we had a lot of fuel, we looked strong all weekend and we were confident of picking up a good result in front of our home fans."

Tadashi Yamashina - Team Principal
"Jarno did a very good job today, as did the whole team in our home country. We were expecting both cars to finish in the top six, but unfortunately Timo retired early on. When he went off, the shock on the monocoque caused the seat fixation to work loose. We tried to keep him in the race but there was no way to recover from that, which was a shame. Today we had lots of Toyota fans who had come here to watch and encourage our team. I appreciate that and thank them all very much."

What's Next?
The Panasonic Toyota Racing team will now make the journey to Shanghai in preparation for the Chinese Grand Prix. The penultimate race of the 2008 season, it takes place at the Shanghai International Circuit a week from today on Sunday 19 October. Catch up with all the latest news at, where you will find Jarno Trulli's Japanese GP debrief later this week. A VNR feature and accompanying text giving an insight into the role of electronics in F1 will be released tomorrow, Monday 13 October.