Renault's Italian driver Jarno Trulli looks back at his Spanish podium, and talks about what's to come. He's optimistic in every respect. Q: Jarno, this is your second podium with the Renault F1 Team. How does it feel? Podium: Jarno ...
Renault's Italian driver Jarno Trulli looks back at his Spanish podium, and talks about what's to come. He's optimistic in every respect.
Q: Jarno, this is your second podium with the Renault F1 Team. How does it feel?
JT: I'm a bit emotional actually. There were thousands of spectators at the circuit this weekend, and most of them were in Renault colours and hoping to see our cars do well. Of course, they were there for Fernando, but as his team-mate, I also got incredible support all weekend. They gave me an ovation on the podium, which was a great feeling. From my point of view, after all our hard work during the past few seasons, Sunday's result was a good reward. Hard work always pays.
Q: Indeed, you could have had this podium earlier with some better luck in recent races.
JT: Absolutely. A result like this had slipped away from me for various reasons, but at Barcelona, everything went to plan. I made a dream start, managed to keep Michael's Ferrari behind until the first stop even though I knew he was much faster, and then I lapped consistently to make sure of the podium finish. I am looking forward to repeating it as soon as possible!
Q: Is it fair to say the team was Ferrari's closest rival this weekend?
JT: I think so. We thought BAR would be strong as well, but our cars finished together, and ahead of them. That allowed us to increase the gap in the Constructors' Championship. The R24 was great to drive throughout the race.
Q: Now, it's Monaco in two weeks' time. What are your ambitions?
JT: I am still waiting to score my first pole, and first win: maybe we can do it there! I think our car should suit the circuit, and I have always enjoyed racing in the Principality. The secret to success? That will be the same as always: giving 100% throughout the weekend.