Toyota Drivers Complain of Understeer

Both Toyota drivers experienced too much understeer in the final qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, costing the team a potential front-row start

Toyota Drivers Complain of Understeer

Jarno Trulli took provisional pole in yesterday's preliminary qualifying session, but in this morning's qualifying lost four positions to finish fifth. Teammate Ralf Schumacher, who yesterday set the fourth fastest time, retained his 4th position on the grid but was too unhappy about the car's handling.

"Today was a difficult morning because I had a lot of understeer in the car," Schumacher said. "We're not sure yet where it was coming from so we'll have to check the data and look into that.

"I still think we can aim for a good result in the race, especially coming from the second row. Both of us have had a good weekend so far - probably even better than we expected before the event. Now I'm looking forward to the race which will be long and tough. Overtaking is very hard here so a lot of what happens will depend on what strategy teams have chosen."

Trulli, who for the first time this year was out-qualified by his teammate, was disappointed by qualifying result.

"Like Ralf, I had a lot of understeer this morning and lost nearly half a second because of that," the Italian said. "So I wasn't particularly happy with the car and we will have to check the data before this afternoon.

"But I still think we could have a good race. Here it is important to have a good start and a good strategy and fifth is not a bad place from which to get points and aim for the podium. I'm sure the atmosphere will be great this afternoon with so many Spanish fans here. Now I just have to do the best I can in the race."

 

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