Trulli Defends his Race Performances

Jarno Trulli has hit back at his critics who continue to claim that his race pace is lacking - by insisting they should instead look at how teammate Ralf Schumacher is performing

Trulli Defends his Race Performances

The Italian has long been tagged with the reputation of being an excellent qualifier but not such a good racer - and that image has not been shaken off despite his run of podium finishes earlier this year.

And with his Toyota now struggling to perform in races, Trulli is once again finding himself on the receiving end of criticism, especially because he is often seen holding cars up in races.

It is a situation that is leaving Trulli increasingly frustrated.

"The car is good for one lap but not as good for a full race distance," he said. "When people talk about Trulli's Train they should go and check the race pace of my teammate."

Trulli is clearly riled about the way that he has outpaced Schumacher for much of the season - even though the German is believed to be paid considerably more.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, Trulli said: "At Monza I was five tenths per lap faster than Ralf. The team is well aware of that.

"We joined Toyota at the same time, but our capabilities were measured and remunerated in opposite directions.

"But in my outlook to life, money isn't everything. I prefer to have a competitive car. I'm fighting with Toyota, who have capabilities and potential, but unfortunately not the necessary organisation to improve yet."

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