After a strong performance at Spa, Toyota slipped back on the grid at Monza after a poor showing in qualifying.
Pascal Vasselon from Toyota told journalists that “It was the kind of result we were expecting but not the result we wanted.” as the two drivers finished 11th and 16th.
Jarno Trulli was relatively happy with his result after saying that was the best they could expect from the car, but went on to say that it wasn’t an ideal position to be in “It is not satisfying to be 11th and it’s extremely disappointing to miss out on the top 10 right at the end of the session like that. I would have been really happy to be in the top 10 considering the performance in practice, which suggested it would be a tough qualifying for us. It is going to be hard tomorrow but 11th is not far away from the top eight so we need to fight and try to bring home some points.”
Timo Glock was frustrated to miss ouy on second qualifying after finishing only sixth tenths off the fastest lap of the session “We looked quite promising this morning but we didn’t transfer all of that speed to qualifying, and I wasn’t helped by traffic. On my last lap on the soft tyres another car went straight on at the chicane and I had to follow him, which destroyed my lap. I had the potential to qualify higher but if you lose a little bit of time like that it is very costly. It will be tough in the race tomorrow but we will work on a strategy to make up some places and do our best as always.”
Vasselon added that the team now has to choose a strategy that will give them the best chance of moving up the field and finishing in the points, “We have more freedom with our fuel load compared to the top 10 and we will make the most of the opportunities available; there are still good chances to finish in the points.”