Australian GP - Toyota - Qualifying
Toyota will have two cars in the top ten* when the Australian Grand Prix kicks off the season but were still left feeling a little disappointed.
On another clear, sunny day at Albert Park in Melbourne, Timo Glock claimed sixth place
on the grid with Jarno Trulli
two places further back in eighth.
With medium and super soft compounds on offer, both drivers used the softer option to progress through Q1 and Q2 as the whole grid was able to compare outright performance for the first time with the 2009-specification cars.
Q3, with all cars carrying the amount of fuel they will start the race with, was predictably tense and the two Toyotas used the super soft tyres in the final seconds to set their fastest times.
"We struggled a bit in second and third practice to find the right balance but we worked hard to find a solution and we did some set-up work which got the car into the right set-up window. I think with a bit more fine-tuning maybe we could have been further up the grid - we were only a tenth behind the top three so it could have been better but I am quite positive about the result. The car feels pretty good now and we are clearly not far away so let's see how it goes tomorrow in terms of strategy. I am pretty happy and reasonably confident."Jarno Trulli
"That was a really hard qualifying for me. I expected a lot more from today so I am disappointed.
Of course I will fight as hard as I can in the race but I don't know what to expect because the car felt different in qualifying compared to final practice. I don't know why but the tyres just would not warm up as expected and I was sliding around quite a bit. On top of that I had some issues with the brakes so it was really difficult for me."
Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis
"Overall the result is quite disappointing because we were hoping for more from qualifying today. We expected to be further up the grid but of course strategy plays a part in Q3 so we cannot forget that factor. It was easy to predict which tyres to use in qualifying because the super soft compound was clearly preferable but for the race it is a different matter. Tyre choice is a bigger challenge for the race and we have time now to look at the situation."
*Toyota were later excluded from the qualifying session due to rear wing flexing. The team are seeking a solution overnight and Glock and Trulli will therefore line-up 19th and 20th respectively.