Jarno Trulli has spoken the words that all of the Toyota Racing team is thinking, when he said that he wanted to take more enjoyment from this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix than he did from the Monaco race two weekends ago.

Although racing in the Principality is one of the Italian's annual highlights, he and team-mate Ralf Schumacher endured a tough time in the fifth round of the championship, missing out on points after disappointing qualifying efforts. Trulli pointed to the usual traffic problems, as well as two visits to the weighbridge for preventing him from making the top ten cut and, hemmed into the midfield, simply ran out the laps before finishing 15th.

Canada, however, provides a chance for the veteran to get his season back on track and, while speculation surrounds the future of his team-mate, Trulli will be looking to rekindle the brief point-scoring run he started in the last batch of flyaway events.

"I really enjoy the Canadian Grand Prix and it is one of my favourite races because the atmosphere in Montreal is just fantastic," he said, "I certainly hope I can enjoy this weekend more than our race in Monaco, which was very difficult after the problems we had in qualifying.

"Montreal it is a completely different kind of circuit, which makes different demands on the car, particularly when it comes to the brakes. I am sure we will move forward from our Monaco performance and I expect to be fighting further up the field. It has been two races now where we have not scored points, so we are really motivated to do better in Canada. I scored points there last year after one of my best races of the season and that is the target again. I'm optimistic we can get a good result."

The 29th Canadian Grand Prix to be staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the first of a North American double-header, with the United States Grand Prix following just a week later to give the team a logistical challenge, but senior general manager Pascal Vasselon is confident that both Trulli and Schumacher can be contenders for points.

"Montreal is the first time we will race our medium/low downforce aerodynamic package, which consists of new front and rear wings and other small changes, so our first task in Friday practice will be to maximise this package, which we also plan to use at Indianapolis," he explained, "The Montreal track is very tough on brakes, so we have introduced improvements to our brake ducts which will help aero efficiency and also cooling, as this is very important. Another factor to think about is the generally low tyre grip in Montreal as a result of the track surface.

"Monaco was a very disappointing weekend for us, but we will put that behind us. We go to Canada with the goal of closing the gap on the front teams and scoring
points again."

 

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