Gascoyne defends Trulli

Jarno Trulli has earned himself something of a reputation since last year but it is not one that the Renault driver is particularly pleased about. Trulli has been marked as a good qualifier but a bad racer: the Italian usually manages to place his...

Jarno Trulli has earned himself something of a reputation since last year but it is not one that the Renault driver is particularly pleased about. Trulli has been marked as a good qualifier but a bad racer: the Italian usually manages to place his car well on the starting grid, then fails to achieve results in the race. Whether it be DNFs (did not finish) or simply not being in the points, especially in his last two years with Jordan, he doesn't seem to be able to match his qualifying potential.

Renault Technical Director Mike Gascoyne has defended Trulli, claiming that the 'good qualifier, bad racer' tag is unfair and the Italian will prove his critics wrong: "He's annoyed he has this reputation for not being good in a race. The Jordan was very hard on its tyres, and it got very tail-happy in the races," Gascoyne said. "Jarno did not like that characteristic. Heinz-Harald Frentzen can drive that sort of car better, so he could hide it better. Jarno is going to have a cracking race soon and then he'll go from strength to strength. It's just a little mental hurdle for him to overcome."

In his first race for Renault in the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, Trulli unfortunately did nothing to quell the reputation. After qualifying well in seventh he managed to avoid the first corner pile up only to spin off a few laps later, losing a good second place.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Jordan