Trulli Rewarded for Set-Up Gamble

Jarno Trulli has revealed that he took a major gamble with his set-up prior to qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix

Trulli Rewarded for Set-Up Gamble

Despite a revised floor and a modified rear wing, Trulli had been unhappy with the feel of his TF105 after final practice - and changed everything before Saturday afternoon's session.

The gamble paid off as he managed to grab fifth place on the grid - four places ahead of teammate Ralf Schumacher, who ran off the track at Turn Nine.

Trulli said: "That was another good lap because we have been struggling to finalise the set-up on my car this weekend.

"I was not at all happy with the balance this morning, so I changed the set-up completely for qualifying. That meant I went into qualifying without knowing how the car would behave.

"It was a bit windier than before so the car was a bit more nervous and that made qualifying more difficult than usual. But it worked pretty well, so that was another good performance from the team and myself. My target tomorrow is to score points and maybe even push for a podium."

Schumacher knew that his error at Turn Nine had cost him a chance of beating Trulli on the grid - but he was still happy to have qualified within the top ten.

"That could have been a very good lap but I obviously lost quite a bit of time in Turn Nine," admitted the German. "Perhaps I was trying a bit too hard, but apart from that the grip was there and my lap was going well.

"Nonetheless we're still in reasonable shape to come away with a good result tomorrow. Jarno's in a really good position, it's slightly more difficult for me again but it's quite possible for both of us to score points. We'll see how possible it is to overtake tomorrow, but another strong points finish is what we are after."

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