New chassis for Trulli

Renault will build up a new R24 chassis for Jarno Trulli in time for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza next month.

New chassis for Trulli

Trulli took pole position in a wet qualifying session at Spa, led confidently in the first stint and then found that his handling deteriorated so badly that he struggled for the rest of the race and labelled the car "undriveable".

Trulli set his quickest lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, 1m45.89s, the fifth quickest of the race, on lap 9, but after his first pitstop the following lap, never managed to lap quicker than 1m49s.

Renault's executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, said: "We are at a loss to know what happened. It wasn't the tyres. Michelin did a very good job here and Kimi (Raikkonen) obviously won.

"We tend to rely a lot on data to locate problems like that but you can't see everything and there is nothing obvious. We were planning to introduce two new chassis in China anyway, so I think we will now give Jarno a new car for Monza."

Team-mate Fernando Alonso, who ran second to Trulli in the early stages, retired when oil leaked onto the rear tyres causing him to spin, and the only consolation for the team was that rivals BAR Honda also failed to score. With four races remaining therefore, Renault still enjoys an eight-point margin over BAR in the bid to finish runner-up in the constructors' championship.

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