Jarno Trulli was in a philosophical mood following the Turkish Grand Prix after being punted out of a race that could have delivered points by an apologetic Giancarlo Fisichella.

The second year in succession the first corner has created mayhem - Fisichella spun in last season's race - the Italian was once again involved this year when he hit the back of Trulli's Toyota and turned him around.

Although neither car was damaged, both were delayed, along with both Super Aguris of Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato, as well as the Honda of Jenson Button, who took to the run-off area to avoid the spinning car.

While Fisichella battled his way up to ninth, just a few seconds away from the points, Trulli struggled with his top ten induced two-stop strategy whilst surrounded by those stopping just the once, eventually crossing the line 16th.

Nonetheless, there was no bad feeling between the two countrymen, with Fisichella apologising for the incident, as Trulli shrugged the clash off as a racing incident.

"We had the opportunity to get a better result but that is racing," Trulli said. "It was a shame because the car was well balanced throughout the race and this is thanks to the hard work back at the factory. There was no clear lap for me to show my potential but the feeling of the car was good. The start went well but unfortunately at the first corner Fisichella hit me at the back and I lost a lot of positions. These things can happen."

"My race was compromised by what happened at the first corner," his countryman agreed. "Jarno braked very suddenly in front of me, I had nowhere to go and ended up hitting him, which cost me positions and made him spin. That ruined his race, and I am sorry, but it also cost me the chance of finishing in the points. After that, it was tough: I just had to drive flat out, and hope for retirements. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but the pace of the car was not too bad."

 

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