Toyota duo Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock again lapped up at the sharp end of proceedings in practice for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix – but the former revealed that he is 'not happy with the balance and pace' of his TF109 as the Cologne-based outfit bids to make it three podiums on the trot on Sunday.
Trulli and Glock wound up respectively sixth and eighth-quickest in both practice sessions, five and nine tenths of a second adrift of the outright pace set by Formula 1 World Championship leader Jenson Button at the close of play for the day, in hotter conditions than the top flight's drivers and teams are used to in Shanghai given the spring rather than autumn slot the race is occupying on the 2009 calendar.
Both drivers tested out new aerodynamic updates to the car, with Trulli – who has yet to score a point in China in four previous appearances – losing time briefly to an electrical issue in the morning running. In the afternoon, he and Glock sampled the softer of the two Bridgestone tyre compounds in preparation for qualifying and the race.
“It was a busy Friday for me,” affirmed Trulli, who is racing this weekend in support of the victims of the tragic earthquake in his home region of the Abruzzo in Italy last week. “This morning we had an electrical problem which cost us a bit of track time, but we recovered to complete our programme of work on set-up and tyres.
“The track surface wasn't in fantastic condition this morning, but it improved during the day. In general I'm still not happy with the car's balance and pace, so I hope we can analyse the data tonight and aim for better tomorrow. Then we can target another strong result on Sunday.”
“So far things are going okay for us,” reckoned Glock. “The track was quite tricky this morning because there wasn't much grip; I was sliding around on the green track and had to find a way to get the car together, but over the course of the day we sorted out a lot in terms of the set-up.
“The second free practice session was better and the car felt more together. We have more work to do to get the car in the right direction for tomorrow, but overall this has not been a bad start to the weekend.”