Trulli Surprised by Grid Position

Jarno Trulli was surprised to be so high up the grid for the San Marino Grand Prix, after Toyota's most difficult race weekend of the year so far

Trulli Surprised by Grid Position

Following front-row starts in the first three races of the season, Trulli had been looking at just making it inside the top 10 but eventually managed to secure fifth on the grid - which is crucially on the clean side of the circuit.

"I never expected to be so high up in qualifying here, so this is a good result," said the Italian. "I thought it would have been more difficult this morning on old tyres, but instead I was happy with the balance of the car and I did a good lap time.

"The race could still be difficult because we'll have to see how well we can keep our pace up over longer distances. The weather could yet play a part too but I will be doing my best to take another points finish."

Teammate Ralf Schumacher, who has been over-shadowed by teammate Trulli all season, moved up two places from his overnight grid slot to take 10th on the grid.

"It was another clean lap for me, with no real problems, but the conditions were such that everyone was going to go quicker with each run," said the German. "But that's the way it is so we have to make the best of it.

"Looking ahead to this afternoon the race might start off quite boring because it's so difficult to overtake here, but we could have some racing towards the end. One way or another we hope we can come away with more points."

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