Mixed Emotions for Toyota Drivers

Toyota duo Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli were left with completely contrasting emotions after the Monaco Grand Prix - as one of them stormed from the back of the grid to sixth and the other slumped from second in the early stages to finish 10 th

Mixed Emotions for Toyota Drivers

Schumacher's weekend had got off to a pretty bad start with a half-second grid penalty for a tyre infringement and then a crash in first qualifying that put him to the back of the field - but it all went right in the race.

"It's a pity about what happened on Saturday because I could have ended up with even more points, but I had a very good day today," he said afterwards. "In the early laps I passed a few slower cars into Mirabeau, then I was held up in traffic. After the safety car period I began moving through the field.

"Then at the end I was in a long chain of cars behind Alonso who was going slowly. With the Ferraris behind me it was a bit difficult. Then Michael made rather a strong move on the line and we nearly crashed. Still, it's great to end up with three points."

Trulli's afternoon, however, did not go to plan, as he lost a strategy advantage due to the Safety Car, and then damaged his TF105 after an audacious overtaking move past Giancarlo Fisichella at the hairpin.

"I made a good start and I was doing a very good race at the beginning, keeping the pace," explained Trulli. "We were on a one-stop strategy so I was pushing 100 percent while taking care of the fuel. It wasn't easy but I was doing well.

"Unfortunately when I came out from my own pit stop I spent the second half of the race behind Fisichella who was struggling with his tyres and losing several seconds per lap. That meant I lost position on the two Williams as well. Then Giancarlo made a mistake into Mirabeau and I was able to overtake him into the Loews hairpin.

"But I hit the inside kerb which made my car feel unbalanced at the end. I came into the pits to check the problem and that moved me out of the points."

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