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The Trulliometer must be low right now // Toyota mess up a pit stop during the Spanish Grand Prix

Published by Christine Blachford

Something we failed to mention in this week’s show, and something I’m sure we’d have had a lot to say about, is the Toyota pit stop bungle.

Glock and Coulthard had a coming together in Spain, as anyone who gets near Coulthard runs the risk of doing, and there was some damage to the Toyota. Therefore, the mechanics all scrambled to the pit box, ready to receive their car and make the necessary fixes.

Only, they called in Trulli instead.

Toyota pitstop

They stood there, scratching their heads and wondering why the front wing wasn’t damaged at all.

Trulli went on his merry way, probably not very merry at all in fact.

I don’t understand how this happened. Very often, I find myself saying: “Oh, what a pit stop error, they should know better by now,” but at some stage you have to accept that mistakes happen. Lollipops get lifted and Barrichello loses front wings. This error, however, highlights a fundamental point when you are racing two drivers.

You must be able to tell them apart.]

Part of the confusion may have been that Trulli was behind Webber, so the crew could see a Toyota following a Red Bull and, elsewhere on the track, a Toyota following a Red Bull. But surely there is data being fed to the team that shows, oh, I don’t know, a slow sector time, or the crazy effects that banging into another car will offer up? Surely they have screens telling them where their driver is on track compared to others? And most of all, surely they can tell the difference between the helmets? I thought it was only me that needed a wall chart.

Poor Trulli. If I was him, I would be so mad. Presumably he was just following orders when told to pit, and in doing so, he was effectively handed a drive through penalty. Only this time he had done nothing wrong.

Afterwards, Trulli was pretty diplomatic about the whole thing.

A communications error led to the team mistakenly calling me into the pits. These things happen but that cost us two precious points today.

I would have been spitting feathers.




  • Divine intervention always stops Toyota from achieving good results, I mean, I have nothing against them or their past or present drivers, but, man, it's like F1 drivers' career cemetery, like abandoned diesel submarines drowning because of lack of maintenance. I feel sorry for Tim O'Glock, the guy seems to have this demon approach to racing in him, the way he attacks the corners is interesting to watch.

    I'm betting on Vettel driving into DC in Turkey.

  • Did they call in Trulli because they thought he was the one with the damage or did they accidentally call in Trulli instead of Glock?

    Couldn't Trulli have just asked them why he's supposed to come in?

  • This incident really confused me too. I presume that after the team heard that the front wing had got broken and immediately got on the radio to say something like, oh I don't know, "Come into the pit so we can fix that nose." Not only did they call the wrong driver, but the driver obviously failed to mention that he had nothing that needed fixing. OK, I'm over simplifying things, but this feels like it should have been a really difficult mistake to make!

  • this feels like it should have been a really difficult mistake to make!

    Absolutely. It boggles the mind how they managed to do it.

  • this is almost as bad as the time they sent ralf out with two wet tyres and two dry tyres.

  • Surely Trulli's enginier should been looking at his sector times etc. Surely he would know....and if he did not know....why not? What is he paid for if he cannot recognise his driver? The person he spends sooo much time with during a race weekend.

    this is almost as bad as the time they sent ralf out with two wet tyres and two dry tyres.

    lol i remember that! what are toyota doing during the race? I mean how is it they get simple things wrong? Other teams manage it. hehe funny though.

  • What is he paid for if he cannot recognise his driver?

    apparently "everybody worked hard and did their best".

    well that's all right then. sheesh.

  • A communications error led to the team mistakenly calling me into the pits. These things happen but that cost us two precious points today.

    to best describe the error.... a test session gone wrong towards the end of the race, except mileage saved.

  • I have had a go at Toyota more than a few times in the past but this is plain crazy. Either they told a driver with a perfectly healthy car to come in because they mis-identified him and he did it without question or they tried to radio one driver and got the other. It doesn't matter in the end what caused the problem which ever option it was is due to complete incompetence.

    Presumably as soon as contact was made Glock would have been on the radio to his engineer to say he had a problem and to discuss how bad it was and what his options were. Quite how that can lead to Trulli's engineer calling him in is beyond me.

    The trulliometer had been rising steadily since the start of the season but something like this could trigger his mood swings again.

  • My spies tell me that the thing is quite easily explained by something overheard in the pits. Apparently one Japanese engineer was seen to shrug and say to another: "You know how it is - they all look the same to me..."

  • "well that’s all right then. sheesh."

    Me,

    Got a lot of experience of supervision, have ye?

    I tell 'eee sunshine: getting 'em to come to work in the first place is a major start to the day:)

    Even with a supposedly elite and motivated workforce like an F1 team of mechanics, the logistics of running the whole thing can leave holes the size of continents through watertight plans.

    There are endless examples of this, things that appear completely obvious to us: MClaren/Hamilton at China last year, at least three laps on worn out tyres, madness...

    Pressure is what does things like this: pressure and the public eye. Fubar is a natural symptom under these circumstances, and if you ever get the chance, run your eye over "How to win friends and influence people", by Dale Carnegie.

    Its not the thrust of the book in general I'd draw to your attention: merely the first few chapters where he deals with supervision of people. He refers to some quite startling incidences during the American War of Independence.

    Those lessons still apply now: Trulli.........

    brendan

  • Hey everyone, thought I'd give you a little news update, if that's OK

    Williams might try engine cover fin

    http://formula-1.updatesport.com/news/arti...

    Pat Symonds has said Renault has found 3 tenths since the last race. Wonder who managed to find them ;)

    http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/200...

    Aaaaand.....Danica Patrick wants an F1 test, and Honda might be interested! YAY! :D

    www.autosport.com…port.php/id/67043

  • Also, it's worth pointing out that today, May 1st, is the 14th anniversary of the tragic death of Ayrton Senna

    R.I.P Ayrton - A legend forever :(

  • I agree with Steven Roy. The whole Trulli pit stop disater can be best explained that they radioed the wrong person in. Really simple actually, when you think about. Toyota's race tactician just in the heat of the moment, forgot to check which radio channel was active (in this case Trulli's radio channel) before activating the "Push to Talk" Button. Odds are pretty good that Trulli did not even reply to the radio message, or that hearing's Trulli's voice is just so common that he did not question why he heard Trulli's instead of Glock's voice the radio. I would not be surprized if Glock by this point is screaming in his radio, but one is listerning in. Glock's channel. I would imagine that the enitre pit crew have there radio's on a differnt channel, so that they can hear from teh tactican when to remove the tyre-warmers....

    Still, it was a riot. The only thing missing was Ralf Schumacher...

    Jordan (Allen) F1

    I mean, you do not want a shared radio cahnnel between two drivers. We should have Christine and me speak at teh same time in a podcast and have the listern guess what they where trying to say....

  • Maybe Jarno thought Toyota were calling him for a change of tyres and a fuel top-up when the call came through?

  • Maybe Jarno thought Toyota were calling him for a change of tyres and a fuel top-up when the call came through?

    watching the visionf1 replay, at the time of the accident both trulli and glock had made their second stops. jarno could have been on three stopper with a late splash n' dash, but he didn't seem to indicate that.

  • That just makes it even weirder. I would have thought that if you didn't have any stops left and you had no reason to make an extra stop, that you'd at least ask why you were being brought in. Even if there was no mention of broken wings or collisions with errant Red Bulls...

  • that you’d at least ask why you were being brought in.

    Good point. Trulli missed it

  • I don't understand the link between the video and the topic, SidepodcastFan. Please could you explain it?

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