Trulli: I’m far from being at my best

Date published: May 2 2011

Jarno Trulli admits he still needs to get a “feeling” for his Lotus T128 after being trounced by his team-mate in the opening three races…

Jarno Trulli admits he still needs to get a “feeling” for his Team Lotus T128 after being trounced by his team-mate in the opening three races of the campaign.

Trulli has yet to qualify ahead of Heikki Kovalainen with the Finn also holding the advantage on Sunday afternoons by a margin of two to one.

The Italian’s problems are stemming from his power steering, which he concedes he has yet to get working the way he wants.

“At the moment I’m far from being at my best,” he told ESPNF1.

“It doesn’t need much to get better, just a little bit more feeling in the power steering. And eventually when we get this aero upgrade working we will make a big step forward.

“So far I only complain about the power steering which is not working the way I want. It doesn’t give me the feel from the car, it doesn’t give me the confidence to really push and unlock the car’s potential.

“I’m looking forward to having a better feeling with the car, that’s my first priority.”

He added: “I’m suffering with this power steering and I’m not enjoying it the way I wanted.

“I’ve had some nice battles which make you feel good, but it’s just a little bit frustrating that I’m not able to push the way I want.”

However, it’s just his power steering that he’s struggling to adapt to. The Italian is also finding the new Pirelli tyres a bit of a handful, although that is by no means a criticism of the Italian manufacturer.

“In general we can only be positive because in the beginning – during testing – we were very concerned about the tyres, but then from the first race we didn’t have any more troubles in terms of durability and performance,” he said.

“In general the tyres have spiced up the competition but it has introduced some other variables and at the moment we are still learning these tyres because they are very different from the previous ones – that’s why sometimes the performance goes up and down so much. I would say so far they have been good for the sport.”