Toyota's hopes of continuing their run of points in the Spanish Grand Prix after both Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were forced to retire with mechanical problems.

For Trulli, retirement ruined what promised to be a strong race after the Italian had qualified in a season best sixth. However, a fuel pressure problem caused him to stall following the parade lap, forcing him to start from the pit lane.

Despite getting away again though, Trulli would be back in the pits on lap eight when his problems returned to bring an end to a day that promised much but failed to deliver, much to his frustration.

"This was one of those days. Unfortunately at the end of the parade lap while I was heading to the grid to take the start, the engine cut out due to a problem with the fuel pressure. That meant we had to take the restart from the pit lane. We managed to get the engine going again using higher revs and then we were able to put in a few laps that looked pretty good. But in the end the problem was too severe to continue further and we had to retire.

"This is the kind of thing that can happen in motor racing but it was a pity because we qualified well and we were in a good position to fight today. We have made a step forward this weekend but this is the first time we have missed the points this year. Now we have to keep pushing hard to improve both our performance and our reliability."

Schumacher meanwhile got as far as lap 44 and was in the running for a potential point having started back in 17th position. However, despite surviving a heavy punt in the rear on the first lap, the German was eventually forced to park his car when his nose came lose.

"That was another difficult weekend for me. The start itself was okay and I made up a couple of places. It was a bit messy but from where I was on the grid that is to be expected. There was a bit of chaos at turn 10 when I was hit from behind but that's the way it goes sometimes. I had to pit to check for damage but we were able to continue.

"From there the race was quite good and at least we were able to keep up a strong pace. Unfortunately the nose then worked loose and I had to retire. Our car has improved but we were far away from where we should have been today so we will have to keep working hard."

 

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