It was a shaky qualifying session for the Toyota F1 Team at the Istanbul Speed Park this afternoon. Timo Glock was able to make it into Q2, but couldn't do better than a 15th place. Team mate Jarno Trulli on the other hand will start tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix from 8th position on the grid.
Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Made it through to Q3, taking 8th place PROVISIONAL GRID: 8th
FP3 6th Best Lap Time: 1m 27.614s (+0.584s) Laps: 15
Q1 5th Best Lap Time: 1m 26.695s (+0.702s) Laps: 7
Q2 10th Best Lap Time: 1m 26.822s (+0.772s) Laps: 6
Q3 8th Best Lap Time: 1m 28.836s (+1.219s) Laps: 7
"It was good to make it into the top ten again and to be on the fourth row is better than I expected. But I am not really satisfied. I just couldn't get the set-up right so I had some trouble with understeer and oversteer. That meant the car was difficult to drive and I could not repeat the same lap times that I did at the beginning of the session. Maybe there was something strange happening with the wind on the track but that's the same for everyone. We're in a very tight group of teams so we will have to push hard for a result in the race."
Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-06)
Summary: Quick in Q1 before disappointment in Q2 PROVISIONAL GRID: 15th
FP3 8th Best Lap Time: 1m 27.733s (+0.703s) Laps: 22
Q1 4th Best Lap Time: 1m 26.614s (+0.620s) Laps: 10
Q2 15th Best Lap Time: 1m 27.806s (+1.756s) Laps: 5
"That's a disappointing result because I have been happy with the handling of the car this weekend and I was able to push this afternoon. In Q2 we had a good qualifying lap until turn nine. I braked in and suddenly I felt a problem with the front right wheel. I couldn't finish the lap and I had to give up and bring the car back. It's a shame because it was a good lap and I think it would easily have been good enough to make the top ten. Instead this result clearly means we have a difficult race ahead."
Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis: "That was a very shaky qualifying session after a weekend that had been going smoothly so far. Timo in particular had been having a good weekend, consistently running well with no set-up problems. He was fast and heading for a top ten position. Unfortunately in the second run of Q2 we had a problem with the front right wheel drive pegs that still has to be fully analysed. He could make it back to the pits but he was definitely unable to finish a quick lap. So we will have to investigate exactly what has happened with him. Jarno did his usual great job - even if he only just made the top ten after his second outing in Q2 did not go as expected. Still, I remain confident that we are in a good position for the race. This is probably the first time this season that the tyre choice is not straightforward so we will see a mix of tyre strategies tomorrow."