Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Trulli Aiming for Podium Finish

Saturday August 26th, 2000

Italian Jarno Trulli is convinced he can secure a podium finish for Jordan in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Trulli, second fastest in qualifying behind Mika Hakkinen, said: "Our car on this track looks competitive even in race conditions so I think I will have a fast pace on Sunday and go for a podium place.

"The car has been going very well over the weekend...It was not difficult to find the set-up and find the balance to make us quick in qualifying."

It is the second time Trulli has put Jordan on the front row this season. He started second at the Monaco Grand Prix in June.

Then, however, he was plagued by a gearbox problem and was forced out of the race at the halfway stage.

Trulli's optimism for a good result on Sunday is generated by his love for the track, coupled with the fact that Jordan have a solid record at the circuit.

Last year, Trulli's teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen secured third place, while in 1998 Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher, then Jordan drivers, secured first and second places on the podium.

"Spa is my favourite circuit," said Trulli. "I am very comfortable with it. Also the car is very quick around this track. It suits it. I am feeling confident for Sunday because we also have a very good record here.

"We have been very unlucky too many times. We have lost too many points and too many podiums so I think I really deserve to do well. This race is the one for me."

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