Fears that a mistake by Toyota new boy Timo Glock may have soured relations with veteran team-mate Jarno Trulli were laid to rest after the Canadian Grand Prix when the German revealed that there were no hard feelings.

The pair were running comfortably in the points in a race thrown into confusion by a pit-lane incident involving title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, and by a track surface that was cracking up under the strain of warm temperatures and 20 F1 cars, but were coming under pressure from a recovering Felipe Massa, who had been delayed by a problematic refuelling rig.

"It was very tough out there; one of the hardest races I have driven," admitted Glock, who scored points on his F1 debut with Jordan in Montreal four years ago, "The track was really difficult and, after about 20 laps, the grip just went away and that made it extremely hard. I had to really concentrate on not making any mistakes because it was so easy to go off-line and have an accident. I was focusing 100 per cent but, unfortunately, I made a small mistake at turn two towards the end."

The error not only delayed Glock, but also compromised Trulli's defence against the advancing Massa, who slipped through to claim an eventual fifth place, between the two Toyotas.

"I just got on the kerbs and the car stepped out, so I ran wide," the German confessed, "I had to move back on to the line to avoid losing positions and it was unfortunate that this caused Jarno to lose a place to Massa.

"It's a pity for him, but it was a racing incident. I apologised to him and everything is okay - we have a good relationship and the important thing is that we scored a lot of points for the team."

Glock had out-qualified his team-mate in a rare show of Saturday superiority, but ran in close company with the Italian almost from the start of the 70-lap grand prix.

"I lost three places at the first corner, and then spent the first part of the race directly behind Jarno," he confirmed, "I was a bit quicker than he was but, with the track conditions, it was nearly impossible to overtake. I got close, but it was destroying my rear tyres, so I waited until the pit-stops because I knew I had more fuel."

The strategy eventually elevated Glock into the lead of a grand prix for the first time, before the need to take on more fuel and tyres dropped him back into the pack. Nevertheless, while running at the head of the field was a defining moment for the German, he was equally happy to have opened his account for Toyota with his best F1 result to date.

"Obviously, it was quite a special moment to see P1 on my pit-board, but I knew I had to pit," he said, "It was nice, but it wasn't really so significant overall.

"My ultimate goal in F1 is to see that on my pit-board much more often, but I know we've still got work to do before we reach that stage. We know where we are at the moment and fourth place is a good result for us.

"It was just a great moment to cross the finish line. I knew things would come together at some stage because my crew has been doing a great job and we have shown good pace. I had a really disappointing weekend in Monaco but, this time, everything worked perfectly. There have been a few races already this season when it looked like I could score points - Australia and Bahrain, for example - but things didn't work out, so it was really satisfying to score five points [in Canada].

"I am really happy because everyone on my crew has worked so hard for this. They have done a perfect job in the past few weeks, and all my mechanics have worked so hard. It was a fantastic moment to finish fourth and score points for those guys, as well as everyone back in Cologne.

"I have a good record in Canada, but it just happens that I have had some of my best results there - points on my F1 debut in 2004, second in Champ Car a year later and now this. It's a bit unusual that these results all came in Canada, because there are several other tracks which I like more and which I feel suit me more.

"There's no reason now why we cannot score points again in Magny-Cours. My first goal will be to get into Q3 because I have been so close to that in the last few races [and], if I can get into Q3, then I can fight for the points - although it will be very hard to repeat this fourth place. My goal for the rest of the season has to be to regularly finish in the top eight."

 

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