Toyota's Jarno Trulli has said that he won't be able to push any harder this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix, the thirteenth round in the 2009 F1 World Championship, despite the fact he will have the home advantage.

Trulli has failed to add to his points tally in the last two grand's prix and while he qualified second at Spa-Francorchamps, he was unable to capitalise on that and was sidelined after 26 laps due to a technical problem.

Now he is determined to try and bounce back and improve on his previous best at Monza, a fourth place finish back in 2002.

However despite that he is adamant he won't be doing anything special as he always pushes to the maximum.

"For me, the Italian Grand Prix is a very special occasion and I always look forward to this weekend. It's great to drive in front of your own fans and there are always a lot of people supporting me at Monza," said Trulli.

"In the past we had two Grands Prix in Italy, plus some testing, but this weekend is the only time I will be driving on my home ground this year and I only live a couple of hours or so away in St Moritz so it is really local for me.

"Monza is a very different circuit from any other in F1 because you have the long straights, high speeds, low downforce, heavy braking and the chicanes. It is not the most technical circuit but it is unique in F1.

"I think the Italian fans make Monza really special as they are passionate about motorsport in general, whether it is F1 or whatever. The Italian Grand Prix is a major event for all Italians and Monza is the home of Italian motorsport.

"It's impossible to be more motivated though or to push harder than I am doing. As a driver you do notice when you have more support than usual and you appreciate it, but there's no way you can try any harder.

"If I wasn't giving 100 per cent at all grand's prix, I would not be doing my job, so in that sense Monza is just like any other race. However, perhaps it would just make it a bit sweeter if I could get a great result..."

Asked if he could finish in the points again this weekend, something he has managed on six occasions so far this year, his best results - two third places in Australia and Bahrain, Trulli was reluctant to look into his crystal ball.

"I hope we can be competitive," he continued. "But it is quite hard to predict this season because our relative performance has changed from race to race sometimes. We were strong in Spa which has some similar characteristics to Monza, and it was encouraging to see our improvement in qualifying.

"I don't want to make any predictions though, but as always I will give my all and I hope we can be fighting at the front again."

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