Jarno Trulli is looking back to former glories as the Formula 1 circus returns to the streets of Monaco for round five of the championship.

A happy hunting ground for Trulli after scoring his one and only grand prix victory there in 2004 for Renault, the Italian is not expecting a similar result this season, but is nonetheless determined to get back into the points after a torrid Barcelona round.

Indeed, the revised TF107 showed promise at the Circuit de Catalunya in the hands of Trulli when he qualified sixth. However, mechanical problems prevented him from starting on the third row and when he did get away it was only eight laps before he was back in the pit-lane for retirement.

Ending his 100 per cent finishing record, Trulli is nonetheless looking forward to his Monaco return, taking his pace in Spain as an indicator to what could be.

"I am really looking forward to Monaco because it is one of the best race weekends of the year and I have always performed well there," he said. "Of course, my victory from pole position in Monaco in 2004 is one of my happiest memories in Formula 1 but I have had many other good performances there as well.

"I am optimistic we can score a strong result this weekend and put what happened in Spain behind us. It was such a pity about the technical problem in Barcelona because I am certain I could have had a really good result.

"We were strong in qualifying and it was particularly encouraging to see we had the same fuel strategy as the leading cars, so performance-wise we have made a step forward. If we can get back to the reliability we showed at the start of the season, Monaco should be a positive weekend for us."

 

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