Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Toyota forgives Trulli for Montreal crash

Toyota's Pascal Vasselon has excused Jarno Trulli for crashing undersafety car conditions in the Canadian grand prix.The Japanese squad's chassis boss said on Tuesday that Italian Trulli,32, was "concerned" throughout the race about Robert Kubica, after hisdice for position with the BMW-Sauber driver led to the Pole's horror shunt."(Jarno) had seen the medical car out for a long time," Vasselon saidof Trulli, who visited Kubica in Montreal's Sacre-Coeur hospital onSunday evening.Trulli later emerged from a pit stop and drove straight into the tyre barrier at turn one.Vasselon continued: "It's perhaps understandable that his thoughtswere elsewhere, and the whole team wishes Robert well."
not to blame for Kubica crash - FIA

That is the insistence of FIA race director Charlie Whiting, who said the governing body studied data and video footage of the moments preceding Kubica's contact with the Toyota of Trulli and a 230kph impact into the concrete barriers before turn 10. "Trulli did not leave much room, but enough," Auto Motor und Sport quoted Whiting as saying."It was not his fault at all." Trulli, who visited 22-year-old Kubica in hospital on Sunday evening, told the Montreal stewards after the race that he felt Kubica's BMW hit him from behind, while not deviating from his normal line.BMW-Sauber, too, confirmed that mechanical failure had not led to the incident. Kubica's crash has, meanwhile, led to calls for improved safety at the Canadian GP venue.BMW's team founder Peter Sauber told the Swiss newspaper Blick that it was "strange" that a stretch of concrete wall in the direct line of the flat-out kink before turn ten was not protected."The cars are more and more strong, the crash tests are harder and harder to pass -- and then some circuits lag behind with safety like this," Sauber charged. "Walls like those, in such exposed areas, must be lined with tyres. If it had been already, Robert's initial impact would have been far less violent."

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