Jarno Trulli, the Italian driver from the Renault F1 Team scored one point in the last Grand Prix. Here is his account of the team's informative weekend in Austria. The Renault F1 Team knew that the characteristics of the A1-Ring would not allow...
Jarno Trulli, the Italian driver from the Renault F1 Team scored one point in the last Grand Prix. Here is his account of the team's informative weekend in Austria.
The Renault F1 Team knew that the characteristics of the A1-Ring would not allow the R23 to perform as brilliantly as it did in Barcelona two weeks beforehand. Jarno was therefore a little anxious when he took to the track on Friday morning. "Nevertheless, the balance of the car seemed good almost immediately," he said. "We worked on the engine map, on the aerodynamics and the tyre choice, and we were quite optimistic at that point. The changes made to the V10 gave us a bit more speed, which is useful on this track."
On Saturday, the R23 was more competitive. "We reviewed our tyre choice and made changes to the aerodynamic settings. The aim was to 'beat' the tyres to give them better grip. I managed to clinch 6th place in qualifying, which made me really happy. We actually thought we might have trouble getting into the top 10."
Jarno found the race tough going. "I could have gained a few places, but I got past Nick Heidfeld on the right and I was blocked in before the first corner, which was a shame," says Jarno. "I was holding onto my position when the rain started to fall. The track became as slippery as ice, and I span off on lap 15."
From then on, Jarno had to really go for it. "Unfortunately, I was slowed down by other drivers who were slower than me, and I couldn't get past them," says Jarno. "The team then decided to change my strategy but after my first stop, my car's handling changed, and I could no longer attack as I had been doing. I managed to hold on to my 8th place, however, after a struggle with Antonio Pizzonia."
Jarno is now looking to the future, and cannot wait to race at Monaco. "I have always been competitive at the Monaco Grand Prix, and our R23 should be comfortable there," he says, smiling.