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Abu Dhabi GP race reactions: Toyota

Toyota pair Kamui Kobayashi and Jarno Trulli react to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina
Kamui Kobayashi – 6th:
It was a really good race for me. At the start I overtook (Kimi) Raikkonen and that was important in the end because it would have been difficult to finish in the top six if I had been behind him during the first stint. When I got past I was confident I had the race pace to fight for the points and my target was to be consistently fast. The team did a great job with the strategy and the pit stop which played a big part in helping me finish in the points. I certainly wasn't expecting to be racing in Formula 1 this season and I want to say thank you to Toyota for this opportunity. My target was to finish in the points today but I am a bit surprised to be in the top six. This is a fantastic result and I am extremely happy.

Jarno Trulli – 7th:
It was not an easy race for me. I made a good start and was fighting with the BMWs on the first laps, which was good fun, but I was struggling a little with traction. During the stint the rear tyres were degrading and then later braking consistency became an issue. I was pushing as hard as possible and putting in some good laps to fight for the top six. In the end I was seventh, which is not bad, and for the team the result is pretty good. Obviously Kamui drove really well and I am very pleased for him; he deserved this result.

Tadashi Yamashina, team principal:
It was a great result for us to have both drivers in the points in the last race of 2009. Kamui did a fantastic job and we are very proud of him but Jarno also fought hard to get a strong result. This year the team, including everyone back in the factory in Cologne, has done a brilliant job. It's been a tough season but we have ended it in a positive way, so thanks to everyone in the team, as well as our sponsors and fans. I would like to offer my congratulations to the race organisers, who have done a fantastic job to create this incredible venue and also to the new World Champions, Brawn GP and Jenson Button, who achieved so much this season.



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Alan D - Unregistered

November 02, 2009 1:38 AM

Kobiyashi has shown there is life in the Toyota and I hope he can get more out of it. It looks increasingly like Toyota will end up with Heiki K in their car, so once again failing to secure a headline-making driver. Whilst Trulli and Ralf S were good drivers, they were not the trailblazers that Toyota need if they are to make an impact. Heiki may be a nice guy but he doesn't strike me as a potential team leader.

Bull On Edge - Unregistered

November 01, 2009 11:50 PM

H was driving a Toyota He was brilliant, gets my vote, hopefully another Vettel in the making. Hell I cant even spell his name. Give her the full of the pipe Kobay I may like a "Bit of Bully" and our boys did the business today, but was well impressed by this driver :).



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