Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Toyota Finishes 7th

Well, Jarno Trulli finished 7th for Toyota in this weekend’s Grand Prix race in Malaysia. Ralf Schumacher finished 15th after suffering a slow-bleeding tire puncture during the race.

The weekend saw once again the Toyota team being somewhat written off entirely for the race and qualifying due to their mid-pack performance during practice. However, all things considered, Toyota seems to think of itself as becoming the best of the rest, while possibly later in the season being able to close the gap towards the top three teams (McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari, and BMW). I can’t wait to see what comes of those aspirations.

The real big surprise was from the weekend was the McLaren-Mercedes 1-2 finish put on by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari had a de-tuned Engine in Kimi Raikonnen’s car and Felipe Massa made a mistake trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton earlier in the race, from which he did not recover. The improved pace of the McLaren proved enough to keep the Ferrari’s at bay during the race.

(Image taken from Toyota-f1.com)
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