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Trulli `excited` ahead of home race.

Jarno Trulli is hoping to give his home supporters something to cheer about this weekend as the F1 circus heads to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix and the final European race of the year.

Trulli only finished 16th in Belgium last weekend after he was hit by the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Bourdais at the start - but that has just made him all the more determined to bounce back this Sunday.

Indeed he will be gunning to notch up his ninth points' finish of the season - and further increase his 26-point tally to consolidate seventh place in the drivers' championship.

"The Italian Grand Prix is my home race so I am naturally very excited to race in front of the Monza crowd again," stated the Toyota man. "It is always particularly enjoyable for me to race in my home country but it doesn't give me any extra motivation - I am already more motivated than ever this season!

"I hope I can give my Italian fans a result to enjoy but we will have to wait and see because all teams will have Monza-spec packages and we don't know yet how the competition will shape up.

"Having said that, we have adapted well to different tracks this season and I know the team have worked very hard to prepare for this race so I believe we can be competitive again. It was very frustrating not to score points in Belgium after such a fantastic start when I was fighting for third place going into turn one after starting eleventh on the grid. I had a great chance but once again in Spa I was very, very unlucky."

Toyota's senior chassis general manager Pascal Vasselon meanwhile is a big fan of Monza, a track that is now 'unique' in F1 as it is the only very high speed circuit on the schedule.

This means all the teams will have special tweaks and Toyota has developed a 'race-specific low downforce aerodynamic package', which includes different front and rear wings as well as other bodywork changes.

"We basically prepare a one-off package for this race aiming for very high aerodynamic efficiency on the long straights, which are very demanding for the engine," Vasselon explained. "But the track is about more than just the straights, obviously, and the combination of high speeds and slow corners means it is one of the toughest tracks on brakes. To get strong performance you need strong top speed, good braking stability and the ability to ride the high kerbs. All these factors mean it is truly a one-off race and the unique characteristics really add to the atmosphere as well.

"It is a place where you can feel the history and passion. I love visiting Italy and after seeing encouraging results from our Monza package I am particularly looking forward to this weekend."


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