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Trulli takes Toyota to home podium

A rejuvenated Toyota team secured their second podium finish in as many races after Jarno Trulli's second place finish at their home Grand Prix.

The weekend didn't start well when Trulli's team mate Timo Glock crashed during qualifying and suffered a cut leg meaning he had to sit out the Grand Prix. However, the sole Toyota of Trulli managed to secure second place on the grid.

After a hard fought battle with Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's race, the veteran Italian brought his car home just behind winner Sebastian Vettel to take second step on the podium.

"Standing on the podium in the team's home Grand Prix is a fantastic feeling and this great result is down to the whole team,” Trulli said. “The car, with the new package, has been really competitive all weekend and I knew the start was likely to be the toughest point of the race. We made a strong start and I almost held my position, but Lewis got by and after that I spent the whole race fighting with him. I closed the gap and just focused on doing qualifying laps every time. I really enjoyed it.

“It was not easy to push so hard but I kept fighting and after the first pit stops I was again chasing Lewis really closely. It was just a matter of putting as much pressure on as possible and thanks to the fast pit work we got him at the last stop. From then on I pulled away and it was reasonably comfortable, even with the safety car at the end.”

Toyota Team Principal, Tadashi Yamashina, was full of praise for Trulli and believes that the team can challenge for podiums in the last two races.

"Jarno did a brilliant job today with the only Toyota in the race. It's great to get a result like this in our home Grand Prix,” he said. “It's unfortunate Timo couldn't join him in the race because I am sure he would have also had a very strong result but I am very happy with Jarno's podium. The strategy worked perfectly so, thanks to the efforts of Jarno and the team, we got past Hamilton after the second pit stop. Two second places in a row is a credit to the team, who have fought so hard all through the season; they deserve this result. There are still two more races left so we will immediately begin preparations for those and I hope Timo and Jarno will again stand on the podium this season."
by Matthew Briggs


Tagged as: Toyota , Jarno Trulli , Japan

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Elite - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 12:51 PM

Alan D, had Kimi been driving a Toyota the last few seasons he would have no race wins and no championship, same as Jarno. Ferrari had a decent car in 2008, good enough for Massa to win 6 races, your Kimi scraped 2 wins.



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