Monday, February 11, 2008

Timo Glock says

Toyota's new siging Timo Glock says that while the team's TF108 has been an improvement over its predecessor in pre-season testing, the German fears that its performance may be masked by the relative progress made by rival teams.

Glock indicated in an interview with the Australian media last week that he did not expect to see Toyota move up the grid dramatically in Melbourne next month.

"For us, when we compare the 2007 car with the 2008 car, we definitely made a step in the right direction, but on the other side all the other teams made a step forward as well," he said.

"So at the moment maybe (it) looks like we didn't do a step because time wise we are the same like last year in terms of the gap to the top teams.

"But in the end I think we will see the clear picture... in terms of how much can we develop the car and how much closer we can come to the top teams and make the gap smaller."

Glock says the TF108 is a step forward in every area over the car that Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher struggled with throughout 2007.

But the 25-year-old GP2 Series champion says Toyota expects to unlock more of its potential as the season unfolds rather than make an instant impact.

"There is more stability under braking especially and that could come down to the longer wheel(base) ... but at the end I think we improved everywhere," he said.

"We have completely changed the concept [of the car], especially the aerodynamics and I think Formula 1 is so complex it's difficult to understand it from one day to the other and at the moment that's where we try to work as hard as possible, to understand the car as quickly as possible and to be competitive in Australia but I think that...

"The main difference maybe when can get out of the car over the year and that's what I'm hoping for."

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