Trulli says revised old-spec power steering is an improvement

Jarno Trulli believes that the tweaks to the old specification power steering system that he has had to switch to for the Japanese Grand Prix weekend mean that it is an improvement on the last time he used it

Trulli says revised old-spec power steering is an improvement

The Italian has switched from the system introduced for the Hungarian Grand Prix to the system that he used previously. He also used the old specification unit at Spa which, like Suzuka, produces to heavy a steering load for the new system.

The team has tweaked the unit, which has improved its consistency. This is despite Trulli not being completely happy after he ended the day 7.899 seconds off the pace after gearbox trouble in the morning and an alternator problem in the afternoon.

"It feels more consistent in terms of reaction," Trulli told AUTOSPORT. "But I am missing a little bit of feeling. it's the one I used at Spa updated, which isn't the optimum, but it's still better than the very old one.

"This morning, first of all we tested the two kinds of power steering [the Spa specification one and the pre-Hungary version]. Then, I had a gearbox problem and in the afternoon I had a power issue, so I couldn't complete much of the day. We tried to recover it, changing the battery, but it was in fact an alternator.

"I am at the bottom of the results because I didn't use new tyres and I couldn't really complete any of the programme that was put in place."

Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was able to set a more representative pace, ending up 17th overall, 4.324 seconds off the pace.

Trulli believes that, with a trouble-free run tomorrow, it is possible to qualify well and perhaps take the fight to the midfield pack in the race.

"We will be closer tomorrow," he said. "How close to the guys in front, it's difficult to say.

"What I normally see is that we are closer in qualifying but in the race our pace is much better. If we can stay close in qualifying, we might be able to race part of the race with the guys in front, this is my target."

shares
comments
Japan Friday quotes: Virgin

Previous article

Japan Friday quotes: Virgin

Next article

Japan Friday quotes: Force India

Japan Friday quotes: Force India
Load comments
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021