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Trulli Pleased Despite Losing Second

Toyota's Jarno Trulli blamed understeer for his failure to grab a third consecutive front row grid slot, ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, but was still hopeful of another podium finish in this afternoon's race

The Italian, who started alongside Giancarlo Fisichella in Australia and Fernando Alonso in Malaysia, was edged out for second spot this time by Michael Schumacher in the new Ferrari - but was still happy with Toyota's continued competitive form.

"Yeah, I am very pleased for me and for the team, once again to be in the top three," said Trulli. "To be honest, it was not a great lap. I suffered with a bit of understeer and you never know when you hit the track on Sunday morning, because the track may be green and it was a bit windy. But anyway, I am satisfied and I am looking forward to the race."

Trulli claimed that Toyota's long-run pace during practice had left him optimistic of a strong showing in the race, even if he believes the Japanese manufacturer may not be as strong at Sakhir as they were in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I think the situation is slightly harder for us," he said. "But anyway we looked not too bad on a long run over the past few days, even if I feel we are less competitive than we were in Malaysia."

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