by Russell Atkins

Jarno Trulli endured a frustrating opening two practice sessions in Montreal ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in the city, after persistent suspension woes conspired to ruin his day.

The Toyota ace was twelfth fastest in the morning, but ended the day down in 18th place - albeit still ahead of team-mate Ralf Schumacher - after a suspension problem twice tore his right front wheel apart in the afternoon.

"It was a difficult day," he acknowledged. "We didn't look so good in terms of speed, and then on top of that we also had the failure on the right upright twice in a row. It's not an easy situation for us at the moment."

The result was the Italian was able to complete only 16 laps in the second session, but worse still the incident has left him unsure as to whether the problem can be resolved in time for the race. He vowed, however, to battle on until the end, particularly as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of his favourite tracks on the calendar and one at which he has frequently shone in the past.

"When it happened the first time it wasn't such a big problem," he stated. "These things do happen, but when it happens twice you start to lose a little bit of confidence. You want to understand why this is happening, but the engineers are analysing the data and hopefully we can come to a conclusion.

"Saying that, even if we can fix the problem for tomorrow we've now lost valuable time to set-up the car; we have got through very little. I've had problems with the rear of the car and I've struggled with high rear tyre wear. We missed most of the afternoon and at the moment we have no data whatsoever as to what we can do. The car doesn't feel good at all and I have a lot of work ahead to catch up tomorrow, so the rest of the weekend is going to be very difficult.

"Still, after two races with nothing to show we will push as hard as we can to bounce back. I have a new helmet dedicated to my friend Danilo De Luca who has just won cycling's Giro D'Italia so I will hope that will help to bring me better fortunes."

 

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