Jarno Trulli has said that he is heading to the Canadian Grand Prix in good heart despite being left disappointed - and empty-handed - after one of his favourite events.

The Italian has generally enjoyed the Monaco Grand Prix - indeed, he took his only Formula One win there in 2004 - and appeared to be on course for at least a points finish on Sunday, but faded over the second half of the rain-affected event and eventually came home in 13th position.

"Of course we were expecting more," Trulli insisted, "It was a disappointing result and a difficult race because things just didn't go well for us. It was looking okay early in the race, when I was fighting for the top six, but, after my first pit-stop, the race started to drift away from us."

The changing conditions played a large part in his slide down the field, according to the Italian, with the track getting wetter over the opening laps before then drying out, making tyre choice something of a lottery.

"We started the race on standard wet tyres, but the rain kept falling and this made the track very difficult to drive as there was no grip," Trulli explained, "We made the decision to switch to extreme wets, and that went really well at first, because I was quick and did some good overtaking manoeuvres, even though I was still losing time in traffic.

"But then the rain stopped and it was hard work on those tyres, as the circuit was more suited to standard wets. When it came to my scheduled stop for fuel, we went back to the standard wets but, at that stage, I had lost a lot of time and, even if you are quick, it is impossible to overtake in Monaco. The track continued to dry and, eventually, the dry option tyres were possible. With those, I was able to set some quite fast lap times at the end, but it was too late by then."

The poor result came on the back of a tough start to the weekend, when the Toyota hit the barriers in the opening practice session, leaving Trulli with insufficient track time to hone the handling of his car.

"On Thursday morning, I made a mistake and hit the wall on the exit of Portiers," he admitted, "It was a light touch, but enough to break the suspension. In the second session, I had a mechanical problem so had to stop and change part of the floor, which was damaged by the kerbs. We lost some track time repairing the car and, in general, I didn't feel completely confident with the car on Friday - even on Saturday, morning I was struggling a bit.

"Obviously, I eventually went through to Q3 and ended up eighth on the grid, but I couldn't drive the way I like to at Monaco. The mix of problems I had were all related to grip and I didn't have the feel I wanted from the car. I was still able to compete, but I wasn't 100 per cent happy or able to push as hard as I wanted to. In Monaco, if you are missing a bit of confidence, you lose a couple of tenths."

Despite the result, however, Trulli says that he is looking forward to next weekend's trip to Canada, where he expects the TF108 to be competitive again.

"Montreal is a good place to go and there is always a good vibe," he noted, "Monaco is a one-off race and the Montreal circuit has a very different layout. You need much less downforce in Canada, but the brakes are very important there.

"We tried to do some Canada work at the recent Paul Ricard test but, unfortunately, the last day was rained out. The team obviously has data from previous races there, so we will be all right - but it would have been better if we had been able to run a full day of preparation.

"Not really because Monaco is unique and the situation on Sunday afternoon was quite unusual, so I don't think we will have the same issues in Canada. Even in the rain early in the race we were in a pretty good position, so we should not be downhearted. I will go to Canada with optimism as usual."

 

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