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GP Week : Issue 10
With the team’s new car delayed, it was another weekend in the year old STR02 for Toro Rosso, and its age was beginning to show. Both drivers declared themselves happy with their cars and pace despite setting times faster than only the Force Indias … a reflection, if it was needed, of how low expectation for the weekend really was. It was those same Force India’s however which were to be the cause of some frustration to Bourdais in qualifying as the Frenchman believed he was held up by both of its drivers. He qualified 18th. Vettel took a positive 14th on the old car’s final showing. The race itself was a triumph of sorts for the German, as he finally saw the chequered flag, albeit last after his first pitstop failed to deliver any fuel. Bourdais was racing well until a breakage at the rear of the car pitched him into the gravel and retirement. The team will be looking forward to receiving its new car in Monaco in two weeks time. The Toyota drivers spent Friday firmly placed in the midfield as Trulli set the 11th and latterly seventh fastest lap, and Glock ran in the 10th and 12th best of the two practice sessions. Both derided the conditions, and Glock ran off in the afternoon and damaged his front wing. Still, there was no reason to think that qualifying would be a disaster. For Trulli, it went rather well in fact and eighth position was deservedly his. He wasn’t satisfied with his lap, complaining that the set-up had still not been optimised but he was at least feeling better than Glock. 15th was a huge disappointment for the German, who had hoped to make it into the top 10. Trulli’s shot at points was dashed at the first corner of the race when contact sent him back three places and thereafter he never recovered his losses. Glock was even further back but had an exciting afternoon fighting with a number of rivals. It all was for nought though, as the team failed to score any points. A strange old Friday for Red Bull saw neither driver make much of an impact in the first practice session. Coulthard was down in 17th with Webber 16th. There were no real problems to report, but no real pace either. The afternoon should have been much better. Coulthard stuck his car fourth with an impressive turn of speed, but Webber got his hot lap all wrong and brought out the red flags with a pretty heavy shunt which he described as “100 percent my fault.” Qualifying went far better though, with both drivers in the top 10. Webber took sixth position with Coulthard 10th. The Aussie was fairly stoked with his time given the loss of running time after his accident and remained confident of points. In the end, he finished seventh after losing out to Alonso at the start. Thereafter it had been a quiet race which seemed to indicate the pace of his lap had been a fair indicator of the team’s race pace. Coulthard finished ninth after a similarly quiet afternoon, making up one position thanks to Kovalainen’s problems. PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING 11 12 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO 14 15 RED BULL RACING 9 10 38