Trulli Claims New Cars Impossible To Drive In Wet
Jarno Trulli has claimed that the new style 2009 Formula One cars are almost impossible to drive in the rain thanks to their lowered downforce specs.
The Italian, who was testing Toyota’s new TF109 at the Portimao Circuit reckoned that it was just impossible to handle these cars in wet conditions. He also believed it was a pitlane long problem, not just one with Toyota’s new machinery.
“There is a massive drop in downforce and grip,” he said. “In the conditions it was very difficult to get temperature in the tyres. It was really hard for everyone out there and it was nearly impossible to drive. This is the first feeling!”
He defended the new car in terms of its ability though, and is looking forward to a hot test in Bahrain.
“The car doesn’t seem to have any big problems and it has run really well in the past few days with Kamui (Kobayashi) so I will say we are pretty confident about this year,” he said.
“We just need to get into the normal testing with warm conditions and probably this could be the case in (the next test in) Bahrain.”