Jarno Trulli praised his Toyota team after its comeback showing at the Turkish Grand Prix, just two weeks after a dismal race in Monaco.
Trulli and teammate Timo Glock qualified at the bottom of the grid in Monte Carlo, but the Italian and his team bounced back in Istanbul, the Italian finishing in a strong fourth place. The Toyota driver said it was a credit to the whole team how it has fought back from Monaco.
"I am pleased with the race result and also with the car," said Trulli. "We have worked really hard to find more performance and it's great to be back in the fight for a podium. The team deserve a lot of credit for the improvement this weekend, including the engineers who have made a good step with our starts.
"My start was incredible and I made up two places into the first corner, however I struggled a lot on the first lap with locking brakes so I dropped back to fourth. After that I got into a good rhythm and I was fighting hard with Nico Rosberg. He got ahead at the first pit stops but I bounced back and overtook at the second stops.
"I was really competitive towards the end when there was a lot of rubber down and it was enjoyable to be fighting at the front. I started the weekend with a positive feeling and we quickly found the right setup, so I am extremely happy to be back to a competitive level."
Glock was also happy after recovering from a poor qualifying to finish in eighth position.
"It was not easy to score points from 13th on the grid," he said. "At the start I was a bit unlucky; I got a good launch but I got caught at the exit of turn one and another car pushed me to the outside. I lost some positions so maybe the result could have been even better.
"But in the end I am happy to score a point because the car was spot on, really quick with race fuel. It's tricky to make up positions in Formula 1 but our strategy was right, the pit stops were great and the setup worked really well, so thanks to the team for a good job.
"Our target before the race was to get into the points so I am pleased to achieve that and I expect even more at the next race."