Timo Glock's love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix continued in 2008, as the young German registered only the second points' finish of his fledgling Formula 1 career - four years on from his points-scoring debut in the top flight, also in Montreal.

The reigning GP2 Series Champion out-qualified Jarno Trulli for the first time this season around the demanding - not to mention disintegrating - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre-Dame, taking eleventh place to the Italian's 14th.

Though he was jumped at the start by the sister Toyota, the pair proceeded to duel throughout the race, with Glock even leading at one point - his first time in the uppermost echelon - and ultimately going on to take the chequered flag five seconds and two places ahead in fourth.

Even more impressively still, in much the same way as he had earlier defended his lead from eventual race-winner Robert Kubica, he successfully and robustly held off a late-race challenge from the Ferrari of Felipe Massa for good measure - even if a small error compromised Trulli as Glock crossed over right in front of his team-mate, forcing the latter to back off and allowing Massa to sweep by.

"This is a fantastic day," the 26-year-old enthused after finally opening his account for the 2008 campaign. "I'm delighted to take my first points of the year. I lost three places at the start, leaving me behind Jarno. I was quicker, but when I got close enough I destroyed my rear tyres, so I did my best to preserve them because I knew I was on a longer first stint and I was able to get by at the pit-stop.

"After that it was really tricky to keep the car on the track in these conditions. I made one mistake and caused Jarno to lose a place which is a pity, but then I tried to stay in front of Massa and not make any mistakes. The result is great for the team, great for my crew, the mechanics and the engineers who have done a perfect job in the last few weeks. I dedicate the points to them."

Trulli was also content with his sixth place finish on what he acknowledged had been a far from perfect weekend by his usual high standards - the three points solidifying his eighth position in the drivers' title chase.

"This was a very good result for the whole team," the 33-year-old affirmed, "so I am very happy. We knew this would be a hard race, and I just wanted to bring the car home because I wasn't feeling confident. The biggest mistake I made was before qualifying, when I changed the set-up and suddenly I found myself qualifying with completely different track conditions.

"That cost me because I was unable to push as hard as I wanted. Towards the end of the race I had some trouble with the brakes, then I was unfortunate that Timo made a small mistake late on. When he came back on the track I had to lift off and Massa got past. Still, in the end it's great to score points and I am happy for everyone."

The outcome has enabled Toyota to leapfrog Williams and pull clear of Renault in the constructors' standings, following a number of races where it had seemed as if the big budget Japanese manufacturer was merely treading water. Now, the team well recognises, it is imperative to keep this renewed momentum going.

"This is a wonderful day for everyone involved with the team," underlined the Cologne-based outfit's team principal Tadashi Yamashima, "from the race team to the test team to everyone working at the factory. I hope they can all enjoy this kind of moment. Before this race we opted for a very long one-stop strategy, because we knew the likelihood of safety cars was very high here. That gave us the opportunity to be flexible when such problems arrived.

"The drivers and the pit crew all followed that strategy to the letter. With these very challenging track conditions, the most important thing was for the two drivers to stay on the road. They both did that and more.

"On the last lap Timo drove very hard and managed to hold off Massa. That was a very valuable drive and a very valuable performance by him. This is an important haul of points, and we are so happy. We will now do our best to keep up this momentum at the next race."

 

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