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Brazilian GP race quotes: Toyota

Toyota reflects on the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, the penultimate round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.

Kamui Kobayashi - 10th:

"It was a tough race for me. As this was my Grand Prix debut I experienced a lot of things for the first time in Formula 1 so it was a learning experience. Physically it felt like a really long race and it was quite tough. My first target was to finish the race and I am pleased to achieve that, but after the start I was in a decent position to score points so I am a little disappointed I didn't. The car felt good in the first stint but when I changed tyres the balance felt a different and I was struggling a bit; probably this was just down to experience. It was my first race so there are several areas to improve but overall I am happy with how I have performed this weekend and I would like to thank the team for all its support."

Jarno Trulli - retired:

"I am extremely frustrated by what happened today because I had a very good chance to challenge for the podium. On the first lap (Adrian) Sutil was very slow through turn four because he was fighting with (Kimi) Raikkonen. He was on the inside so I took the outside line but he kept pushing me wider and wider. In the end I was on the grass and had no control of the car so I crashed into the wall at high speed. I think there was enough space for both of us to get around the corner."

Tadashi Yamashina - team principal (Toyota):

"It is disappointing not to score points here because we had high expectations. Jarno was unlucky on the first lap and I feel really sorry for him because he had the chance to get another very strong result. So Kamui was the only Toyota in the race but he did a really good job, especially on a track he has never raced on before and after the difficult conditions earlier in the weekend. As we have come to expect from him, he battled really hard and also put on an exciting show for the fans. It was particularly impressive to see him overtaking another car at the end of a hard race and I am proud of his efforts."

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Kamui Kobayashi. Toyota. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: Toyota]

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October 18, 2009 8:29 PM
Last Edited 417 days ago

Kobayashi- Love him! OK, so maybe a couple of his moves were not perfect but he's a true racer isn't he!!! I think he could've just secured his Toyota seat for next year. VERY impressive and more than that, he was entertaining to watch, driving style just incredibly aggresive, never giving up, all due respect to him. Brillaint! :D Trulli- Incredibly disappointed in him! Sutil was in no way to blame for what happened and he simply shouldn't have started a fight OR have called him a 'crazy guy'. Sutil didn't see anything, how could he have, like he said, the first he heard of the incident was when Trulli knocked him flying into the wall :rolleyes:

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