Toyota's Jarno Trulli has predicted that the loss of traction control won't have too much of an effect.

Traction control will be outlawed from the start of the 2008 F1 season and while some experts believe it could hinder those drivers' with an aggressive style - especially early on as they adapt to the new regulations and will be particularly significant in the wet, Jarno isn't convinced it will make much difference.

"It probably won't change things much," he confirmed. "I'm happy that traction control will be banned next year. I feel comfortable about this.

"I think we will all get used to it, some drivers will like it more, some will like it less, but in the end I don't think it will be a major factor in changing the degree of competitiveness among the teams."

Asked about the year just gone, Jarno conceded it was a pretty disappointing one from his perspective. Indeed he only managed four top-eight finishes - his best result, a sixth place at the United States Grand Prix.

"Despite driving as well as I ever did and having some good hard race battles, you have to look at the points situation [for 2007] and when you do that you have to say we simply didn't score enough," he admitted.

"In qualifying over one lap we often managed to get into the top ten, It was hard work but the potential was there, so the lack of results in race situations indicate we were not performing as well as we should have."

As for what was the main problem, Jarno reckoned that the big issue was the tyres, and the fact the TF107 just didn't gel with them: "I can't say we suffered much from a lack of race pace this year because the lap times were usually competitive and reliability was hardly ever an issue. Our problems were elsewhere. On several occasions we lost positions at the start and then it was very difficult to make them up," he explained.

"The main problem we had all season though was that we were very light on the tyres and because of this we had trouble warming them up to optimum temperatures. That's why we were more competitive in extremely hot weather, as was the case in Bahrain and Malaysia. When the weather conditions were cooler we were not as competitive and when it was wet it was even worse.

"Looking back, at the beginning of the season we had better results but that doesn't reflect the development because we showed quite good performance in the middle of the season but did not get the results. It seemed like the others took advantage of their performance more than we did."

 

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