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Malaysia: Race Notes - Toro Rosso

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19/03/2006

Tonio Liuzzi: "It was a real pity that I had a tangle with another car on the first lap and had to lose time pitting for a new nose. Apart from that, the car was difficult to drive all through the race, as I was not happy with my brakes or the balance of the car, which meant I kept locking the inside front wheel, which was too light. I could not keep up a good pace and I also seemed to luck out with a load of blue flags. It’s been a race to forget so I’m already thinking about Melbourne."

Scott Speed: "I did not get off the line too well, because of the way we had the system set up. It’s too bad that I did not finish the race because this was the track where we expected to struggle the most. We were overgripped aerodynamically, but me and my engineer got the set-up about right in the end. After a poor qualifying, we ended up doing a good job, showing decent pace and having a good track position. It’s a shame, but I think we can come back stronger in Melbourne, as this place was never going to suit us."

Franz Tost (Team Principal): "If Tonio had not had to pit after the opening lap, I think he could have maybe finished a couple of places higher up. Scott did not finish because of what looks like a failure with the clutch lever on the steering wheel. What we can learn from this weekend is that if the works teams sort out their problems, we will struggle to finish in the top twelve. Williams also look extremely competitive, so it will be very difficult to pick up points this season. We have to up our game, do a really good job especially in qualifying, because if we get into the top ten on the grid, we might bring home some points."

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