Following the announcement that, along with team-mate Fernando Alonso, Jarno Trulli will once again drive for Renault next season, the Italian answered questions about his role with the team. Q: Jarno, your performance three weeks ago at ...
Following the announcement that, along with team-mate Fernando Alonso, Jarno Trulli will once again drive for Renault next season, the Italian answered questions about his role with the team.
Q: Jarno, your performance three weeks ago at Hockenheim was one of the best of your career, and yesterday, it was announce that you will be driving for Renault again in 2004. You must be happy?
Q: What does it mean to be driving for a big manufacturer team today?
JT: It changes everything about the way you work. On the one hand, you have more pressure and greater responsibility, but on the other hand, you know everybody is putting all their effort into becoming a top team. It is a big challenge, but behind me, I know that everybody is working 100% to become winners.
Q: You have visited a lot of Renault's factories around the world. What does that mean to you?
JT: Visiting the factories helps you to understand how big the company, and how important our role as F1 drivers is. Firstly, it has given me an insight into why Renault has come back into Formula 1, and what they are trying to achieve, but more than that, it helps you feel the atmosphere. We work for a huge company, but there is a warm atmosphere, and it is a big boost for us to know that we don't just have the F1 fans cheering us on, but fans within Renault as well. It's a nice feeling!
Q: Next year will be your eighth in Formula 1. How would you describe yourself?
JT: Hopefully I am better now than when I started! Seriously though, it is difficult to say how I have changed. The most important thing is that I have lots of experience now, but am still very young: there are still lots of years ahead!
Q: What are your ambitions for the end of the season?
JT: I think we can finish on a high. We have a strong package, and I think we have a good chance at every race. I'm not going to make any predictions, but I am aiming high.
Q: And finally, given the qualities of this year's R23, and the expertise you know about in the design offices of Enstone and Viry, are you confident for 2004?
JT: Definitely: since I joined, this is a team that has been improving constantly, and getting closer and closer to the front of the field. We have a big group of people all pushing in the right direction, and working together to achieve our goals. I feel confident where I am, working with people I trust: the stability for next year will be a big asset.