Toyota Duo Hindered by Lack of Grip

Toyota duo Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli were left ruing understeer and a lack of grip in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix as they failed to match their TF105B's strong showing in Japan last weekend

Toyota Duo Hindered by Lack of Grip

Schumacher, who had started from pole position in Suzuka, could only manage ninth place while Trulli will start three places further back after being one of the first cars out onto the track.

"This weekend has been quite a hard one for us because the car has been understeering and we have been struggling for grip," said Schumacher.

"We had the same feeling in qualifying so it was hard work out there. The track was dirty and slippery so the lap was very difficult with more understeer and some oversteer.

"The lap time was still decent but it could have been a few tenths quicker. The race will be difficult but as usual we will be pushing hard for another points finish tomorrow in a bid to finish off the season on a good note."

Trulli added: "There wasn't a lot I could do out there today. Unfortunately I've just found the car very difficult to drive all weekend.

"Yesterday we suffered from understeer and a lack of grip and those problems continued into this morning's practice sessions. In qualifying the track had changed a lot from this morning and it was very dusty and slippery for me going out so early.

"Those are the kind of conditions in which we have struggled the most. Tomorrow's another day and I will just do my best to gain ground in the race. If we can end the season in the points it would be a good result."

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