by Russell Atkins

Jarno Trulli has vowed to put his crushingly disappointing British Grand Prix weekend behind him, insisting Toyota needs to have a wholesale rethink before the next race in Germany in two weeks' time.

Although the Italian qualified inside the top ten for the eighth time this season, his race degenerated into a nightmare as he gamely battled balance and grip problems for 43 laps, but was ultimately powerless to avoid slipping consistently back down the order until his retirement.

"It has been a disappointing weekend in general," the 32-year-old told Crash.net after the race. "Things didn't go right from the beginning. The way my car felt on Saturday I didn't expect to qualify in the top ten, so I think that was a great effort. Ralf did a very good job too; his car was very quick and he drove very well.

"The car felt strange - there was very little grip and I was wearing the tyres much more than my team-mate. I wouldn't say it was the fault of the tyres, because that was the same for everyone, but the degradation was very high on my car and we don't understand why. There was something wrong there and it just didn't get any better, so we stopped because we wanted to analyse the data."

Having now filed his Silverstone experience away on the 'weekends to forget' shelf, Trulli is looking forward to the next round at the N?rburgring, Toyota's home race, following what he hopes will be a far more productive Spa-Francorchamps test this week.

"It's a shame we lost such a big opportunity this weekend," he admitted. "We just have to forget about it now though, analyse the data, change everything on the car and start again from zero."

 

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