Trulli Surprised by Qualifying Pace

Toyota driver Jarno Trulli said he surprised himself with his qualifying performance for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Trulli Surprised by Qualifying Pace

The Toyota driver, one of the stars of this year qualifying sessions, will start from fifth place after another impressive run in the TF105 car.

Trulli admitted he was not expecting to be so fast, but is now confident he will have a good race.

"I was not expecting to be so quick or to be able to put together a lap time like that," said Trulli. "You have to be very precise with your braking here, so to get it right in qualifying when you only have one lap is very difficult.

"But the car behaved well and the lap was clean, smooth and just aggressive enough. We have a good strategy for the race, so I am confident we can convert this into a good result.

"It is always special to be at home with so many supporters, and I have always been competitive here but I have not had much luck, so I hope to turn that around tomorrow."

Trulli outpaced teammate Ralf Schumacher once more, the German not completely happy with his car's set-up. He will start from ninth place.

"That was a pretty good lap from me, particularly because I had some trouble finalising my set-up this morning," said Schumacher. "We made a set-up change in the break before qualifying and that was a help. I didn't feel totally comfortable over the kerbs but it was a clean lap and I had no particular problems.

"Our grid position certainly leaves us in good shape to chase another strong points finish tomorrow."

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