Jarno Trulli Q&A

At the half way mark of the 2003 season Fernando Alonso has 34 points to his name, and Renault team mate Jarno Trulli just 13. The Italian has not had a great deal of luck so far this season, and in Montreal he was involved in a costly first lap collision for the third time in eight races, this time courtesy of Antonio Pizzonia. A series of dramas and pit stops followed before Jarno had to call it a day. With Alonso doing so well Jarno's reputation is suffering, and he needs a good result to get his season back on track. Perhaps it will come at the Nurburgring, where he finished second for Prost back in 1999. Adam Cooper spoke to the Italian

Jarno Trulli Q&A



"Everything possible went wrong! Pizzonia hit me in the back on the first lap, which caused a puncture, so I had to come in. We changed tyres, and almost immediately I had this broken wheel, the front left. I was lucky to escape a big crash. I've never had that before. I came back, changed tyres, did a few laps, and the traction control failed. That's why I spun off. I had to turn the traction control off, and then again I had a puncture, and we decided to stop. So what can I say? Nothing!"



"There's so much, every time. I had a very bad weekend. If anything could happen, it happened. It's just a weekend which went particularly badly..."



"Unfortunately Friday was really bad for me, because it was raining really hard when I was on the track. I did the warm-up lap and it wasn't as bad as it was on the flying lap. There was standing water everywhere - it was unbelievable. I never felt the car on the ground. It felt just like a boat flowing around. It was worse than Brazil. I had a moment on the straight... it was pretty quick! I'm a little bit surprised at the way I brought the car back. I thought I was going into the wall, because the front just moved. It was one of the most scary moments, because when you are on the straight you don't think you can lose the car like that. It's natural that you try to control it, but you don't exactly know what's happened, you just try to get everything back to normal. So I had to get on the track second on Saturday, which for sure wasn't a help."



"I had some cars ahead of me. They were slowing down because I think they were trying to have a free lap. As I was coming in very quick I think I hit the brakes a bit too hard, trying to avoid them. Let's say I miscalculated by 50 metres, and at 350kph that's quite difficult! I just lost the rear and I crashed into the wall. But the T-car was better. I'd been struggling all weekend in a certain area, and suddenly this was solved once I jumped in the T-car."



"I was a little bit more careful because of the accident, and especially because I didn't know the car. The actual response of the car was much, much better. I could have gone quicker."



"Yes, I was surprised, because I knew that the track was going to get better every lap. Panis beat me by just a little bit, then Webber and Alonso and everybody else, but I think it was a lot down to the dry conditions. In the beginning there were still some wet patches around, so it wasn't completely dry."



"I think we got help from the tyres, because we're on Michelin and the Michelins definitely better than Bridgestone at the moment. We've got an advantage on the Bridgestone runners, like Jordan, Sauber and BAR, our main competitors. It's difficult to beat McLaren and Williams, but let's say we've got a big help from the tyres."



"Sometimes you can have some trouble or make a mistake. I don't think Kimi has gone particularly badly. I think he's gone very well sometimes, but sometimes he has made mistakes. I think he can improve and get better. He has been leading the championship and he has always been the first out on Friday, which doesn't put him in the best conditions, and he probably has to try harder when it's Saturday qualifying. But I wouldn't say he's doing a bad job."



"For sure there is more pressure for everyone, and there is also a different way of working, because you know you have one-shot qualifying and you have to get it right, and be on the limit."



"The problem is just bad luck, I cannot say anything else."



"Anytime is possible. I always hope that it's going to be the right time! It's difficult to keep motivated, but I always try. We hope that it will be a good track for us. We didn't expect to be strong in Montreal, but in the end we were strong."

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