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Glock optimistic for Turkey..


Timo Glock has said that he is confident that Toyota's Monaco Grand Prix woes won't carry over to next weekend's Turkish round after struggling to tenth place in the Principality.

Neither the German or veteran team-mate - and former Monaco race winner - Jarno Trulli could muster front-running pace from the TF109 and, just two races after claiming the front row in Bahrain, occupied the opposite end of the grid after bowing out in the first phase of qualifying along with BMW Sauber and Lewis Hamilton.

While the Briton then dropped to the rear of the field after a gearbox change, Glock opted to take the race start from pit-lane and with a very heavy fuel load, making early progress difficult, but allowing him to run long into the 76-lap affair and make up places as others pitted.

"After qualifying, it was obvious we had problems with the car, so we took it out of parc fermé to make some changes to the set-up and the suspension to try to improve the situation," Glock revealed when asked about the decision to start from the pits, "And, considering the qualifying result, we had nothing to lose.

"I discussed the strategy with my engineers, and we decided the best chance of making up some positions was to go for a long first stint. This also potentially put us in a good position in case there was a safety car, which is likely at Monaco. In the end, there wasn't a safety car - which was unusual when you look at what has happened in recent years - and, naturally, with such a heavy fuel load, it was not possible to set really fast laps at the start of the race.

"That was expected but, towards the end of the race, when I was on the supersoft tyres, my lap times were not too bad, and that helped me to break into the top ten - which is not an easy thing to do when you start from the pit-lane at Monaco."

Of course, after achieving podium finishes this season, any result outside the points was going to be disappointing, but Glock remained pragmatic about his performance.

"I am never happy with tenth place because my goals are a lot higher than that but, considering how the car felt on Saturday and the results we had in qualifying, I would say we achieved the best result we could realistically expect," he noted, "The team is still analysing [the data] as there was no obvious reason for our qualifying performance. We expected to be pretty competitive, so it was a surprise in practice when we could see the pace wasn't there.

"From then on, we knew it was going to be a tough weekend. Ideally, in Monaco, you want to start the weekend with a set-up you are happy with and then just make some adjustments to match the track evolution, but that didn't happen for us."



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Mr T - Unregistered

May 27, 2009 10:23 AM

Toyota have got to be thinking on throwing in the book. F1 is and has not been a good PR tool for them, in my opinion it has a detrimental effect on their good, reliable road cars.

carbonsports

May 27, 2009 12:28 PM

Just whe Toyota were coming good they hit a wall. Maybe they have not developed the car enough as the season has progressed? Maybe they need some new drivers to really shake things up.... I have nothing against Glock or Trulli.



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