Jarno Trulli has confirmed that the changes made to the second chicane at Monza, which will host the Italian Grand Prix next week, are a 'definite step forward'.

The Toyota man, who has been testing this week at the circuit, ahead of the 13th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, added that the new tarmac surface at the chicane is definitely better from a safety point of view.

Speaking following his second day of testing on Wednesday and after again setting the fourth best time - his best effort a 1 minute 23.759s, he added that he really is looking forward to his home grand prix now.

"I have been speaking with the circuit on behalf of the GPDA [Grand Prix Drivers' Association] and the only area of concern was the second chicane," he explained.

"Tarmac has been laid now though instead of gravel in the area where you could go straight on and I'm sure that it should be a lot better.

"I really like racing in Italy, in front of my fans, because I get a lot of support which makes it special.

"I was much happier with the braking stability and we also made strong progress with the aerodynamic set-up [during my two days of testing before I handed the car over to Ralf Schumacher, my team-mate, for day 3].

"We improved our lap time, which is positive, and I am now confident of a strong race here at Monza in next week's Italian Grand Prix.

"The home fans are always passionate and enthusiastic and I have seen that again these past two days. I hope that I can give them something to cheer about!"

Asked what makes Monza so different from other circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, Jarno added that it is always a compromise, as while you want to run with as little down-force as possible, you still need some to be able to ride the kerbs comfortably.

"It is a very high-speed track, with long straights and then slow chicanes," he continued.

"Really it is completely different from all other tracks on the calendar and because of that we need to bring a specific aerodynamic package just for Monza. This is low downforce and low drag so we can get the highest possible speed on the straights."

As for the last race, where he finished 16th after getting hit from behind by Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella at the start, an incident that compromised his whole afternoon, he noted that while it was disappointing, he still believes that the Cologne-based outfit is moving forward.

"We have been quite competitive in recent races, since Indianapolis really, but for various reasons we have not achieved the results we hoped for.

"The midfield battle is very tight and everything needs to go perfectly if you are to get a really good result. But the car is still improving and the balance in the race in Turkey was actually quite good. It was just a shame we never really got the opportunity to see how competitive we were because we were caught up in traffic the whole race," he summed-up.

 

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