Trulli Blames Heidfeld for Missing Podium

Italian Jarno Trulli blamed Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld for missing out on a podium finish at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Trulli Blames Heidfeld for Missing Podium

Italian Jarno Trulli blamed Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld for missing out on a podium finish at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

The Renault driver finished in fourth place, scoring his first points of the season, but claimed had Heidfeld not blocked him for 20 laps, he could have made it onto the podium for the second time in his Formula One career. Trulli, however, was pleased with the result.

"It's good to score my first points, both for myself and the team," said Trulli. "A perfectly managed strategy allowed me to claim fourth today. I made a great start, but it became difficult to keep up with the leaders as the tyres got more and more worn.

"After my stop, I was able to push again on a new set, but then Heidfeld blocked me for about twenty laps, even though he was a lap down. There were no blue flags at all, and when I finally managed to get past, I was struggling with worn tyres.

"So, it's a good result, but I think that once we've analysed the race, we'll view it as a missed podium because of the time I lost behind the Sauber."

Teammate Jenson Button, who had scored all of Renault's points before Monaco, endured a troubled race, first receiving a penalty for jumping the start and then crashing into BAR's Olivier Panis on lap 53.

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