Trulli frustrated by early retirement
|By Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, August 30th 2009, 14:41 GMT|
Jarno Trulli was extremely disappointed with his exit from the Belgian Grand Prix after failing to turn his strong qualifying into a good result.
Trulli, starting from second position, had to retire with a brake problem, but not before all his chances of a good race were gone when he made contact with Nick Heidfeld at the start.
"I can't say how disappointed I am with that race," said Trulli. "I was really expecting a strong result because we were in great shape after qualifying. But at the first corner I was right behind Heidfeld and at the exit I expected him to pull away faster than he did.
"I'm not sure if he had a problem but I just touched him slightly and that broke the front wing. It was vibrating a lot so I had no choice but to make a pitstop.
"There was nothing I could do after that and in the end the team saw a problem with brake wear and decided it was safer to stop."
After a promising qualifying, Toyota left Belgium with nothing to show for, as Timo Glock also had problems during the race and finished in 10th.
"I made a pretty strong start and was running fourth when the safety car came out so we had a good chance of points," Glock said. "But at my first pitstop we had trouble with the fuel rig which cost me time and positions. The crew did well to quickly change to the back-up rig but nevertheless we lost time.
"Clearly there was a problem with the fuel rig and we have to analyse what happened and prevent any similar problems in the future. I did my best and the car was quite quick but it wasn't to be."