Toyota team principal Tsutomu Tomita has admitted that the team made life difficult for itself in Monaco by not qualifying well enough to counter the usual problems of traffic on race day.

Jarno Trulli claimed the team's best result in 15th position, one ahead of team-mate Ralf Schumacher, but both insisted that they had had no chance to improve on that after poor qualifying performances and losing places at the start of the race.

After a promising display in free practice, a difficult qualifying session left Trulli 14th and Schumacher 20th on the grid, giving both drivers an uphill task that became harder when they lost ground on the run into St Devote, Schumacher dropping to 22nd and Trulli to 18th. From there, traffic proved to be a problem, despite both drivers setting competitive times when running in clear air.

"Coming to Monaco, we had very strong confidence about our competitiveness and, on Thursday, we were actually competitive," Tomita commented, "I thought it was very promising for the race but, in Saturday practice, we were struggling and, in the afternoon, qualifying was a bit of a disaster for us.

"We then lost many, many positions and, from then, we could do nothing about the race. Jarno's race was over really very quickly when the engine almost stalled at the start and he was passed by many cars, [while] Ralf also got passed by a few cars at the start and it is just impossible to overtake here. From this point of view, the two drivers fought very well today, but we could do nothing."

 

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