Jarno Trulli maintained his and Toyota's tremendous run of top ten starting positions in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, but the team insist the result was no more than 'average'

Trulli has started all but one race this season from inside the top ten, yet has only managed to score points in three of those 13 attempts. Nonetheless, the Italian has another chance to rectify this in Belgium on a circuit that has been proving kind to their TF107 over the course of the weekend.

Indeed, Trulli has been inside the top ten throughout the weekend and is now vowing to push hard in the race in order to make the most of the favourable package and score his first points since the United States Grand Prix.

"I am reasonably happy with today's result. Again we have done quite a good job to get into the top 10 and thanks to the team so far it has been a smooth weekend, with no problems on the car. Starting from 8th place is not bad - it is a good place from which to fight in the race tomorrow. It is always difficult to overtake in Formula 1 but I will give my all to make up some positions.

"I believe we have quite a good strategy for the race, looking at what happened in Q3, so I am pretty confident. Obviously my aim is to bounce back into the points at the best circuit in the world, and I will do my best. I just hope we can get everything right from the start to the end of the race."

If Trulli was pleased with his qualifying lap though, Senior General Manager Pascal Vasselon was less impressed, claiming the car had the potential to be higher up the order than eighth and 11th.

"That was an average qualifying result for us. Jarno made it to the top 10 but we were expecting a better result overall after our performances in practice. Jarno did a good job in Q1 and Q2 but on his last lap he had some traffic and that affected his time. From Ralf's side, he did well in Q1 but in Q2 he had warm-up issues and his lap time was compromised by too much understeer.

"Otherwise, our preparation has gone well and in terms of the strategy and tyre choices we had to make, they were reasonably straightforward. The option tyres behaved exactly in line with what we saw at the test session here so there were no surprises there. For the race, considering our starting positions, scoring points is the obvious target."

 

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