However, given the fact that Toyota have also lodged an F1 entry at the end of last week – therefore giving their drivers and team officials a peace of mind before the Istanbul race – Trulli believes his team will fight back and become a front-runner once again.
According to Toyota's boss John Howett, the problems in Monaco were related to the TF109's poor performances on slow-speed corners, something that was quite predominant on the Monte Carlo track. Given that the Istanbul Otodrom has a completely different layout, Toyota should be back in the front of the F1 pack by no time, believes race driver Trulli as well.
“I am hopeful of a strong result this weekend. Monaco was difficult for everyone in the team but that is in the past now and we are looking forward to the next race. Monaco is basically a one-off circuit for Formula 1 and the Istanbul track is very different so I'm sure we will be a lot more competitive this weekend,” said the Italian in a preview of the Turkish GP.
Their point-less weekend in Monaco has led to Ferrari closing the gap on Toyota in the constructors' standings, as the Scuderia is now less than 10 points (9.5) behind the 3rd placed Toyota F1 Team. Turkey is also expected to be a Ferrari territory, as Felipe Massa has won from pole position in every race during the past 3 years.