Japanese GP: Toyota Friday practice report

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-07) Summary: Full day, learning the track early on before setting the fastest time in the afternoon. P1 18th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.823s (+1.913s) Laps: 37 P2 1st Best Lap Time: 1m 18.383s (fastest) Laps: ...

Timo Glock (Car 12, Chassis TF108-07)
Summary: Full day, learning the track early on before setting the fastest time in the afternoon.

P1 18th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.823s (+1.913s) Laps: 37
P2 1st Best Lap Time: 1m 18.383s (fastest) Laps: 44

"That was a good day. This was the first time I have driven at the Fuji Speedway so I had to learn the track this morning. It didn't take too long - two or three laps, but it's not an easy circuit. It's especially difficult to find the right compromise for the long high speed straight and the last sector which is very technical. But we sorted out a lot of stuff and we brought everything together for the second practice, which went well. I had a nice lap near the beginning of the session and it's great for the team to end up quickest on Friday here in Japan. So far I'm happy and it would be nice to keep the position like this for the whole weekend. That will obviously be difficult but hopefully the local fans will give us an extra boost. "

Jarno Trulli (Car 11, Chassis TF108-05)
Summary: Another busy Friday, ending up with the 10th quickest lap of the day.

P1 15th Best Lap Time: 1m 20.657s (+1.747s) Laps: 33
P2 10th Best Lap Time: 1m 18.863s (+0.480s) Laps: 45

"Today was a nice, smooth day. We tested several things in order to improve the car's performance. Timo and I carried out different programmes in order to collect data from all areas of the car and it went well. This is Toyota's home race so it is an important event for us. There is no extra pressure but we just really want to do well in front of our home fans. As a team we get a lot of support in Japan but the local people have also been big fans of me personally down the years. They always give me a great welcome and the support gives extra motivation for me to get a good result for them. We've been unlucky to miss out on points in recent races so I hope that turns around this weekend. "

Dieter Gass -- Chief Engineer Race and Test

"It's always nice to have everybody behind us on the timesheets - especially considering the fact that we did our best time early in the afternoon session when the circuit was still not at its best. Apart from that we had a very productive day. We had a lot of new parts on the car which we tried successfully in both practice sessions and we collected some interesting results from that. So where we are today is a very good baseline to look forward to the rest of the weekend. Needless to say we will be working as hard as ever to come away with a good result in front of our home crowd. "

-credit: toyota

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Timo Glock