Formula One veteran Jarno Trulli is determined to keep Toyota's end-of-season podium run going when the championship touches down in Brazil next weekend, confident that the Interlagos circuit will suit the TF109.
Although he admits that it has been hard to predict anything during the 2009 F1 campaign, especially when it comes to the form of the latest Toyota, Trulli is confident that he can approach last season's effort in Brazil, where he qualified on the front row before spinning away his chances of a good result on race day.
"This season has proved it is difficult to make accurate predictions, so it's hard to say [exactly how we'll do]," he conceded, "but I am usually very competitive at Interlagos and, last year, I qualified in second place. [The circuit] should suit our car and I definitely hope to be fighting at the front again after two consecutive podiums for the team. But we'll have to wait and see how things go in practice."
Trulli's second place in last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix echoed a similar result achieved by team-mate Timo Glock the week before in Singapore, but carried more emotion for the Italian given his team's nationality.
"It was a fantastic feeling to stand on the podium and celebrate with all the team and our Japanese fans," he reflected, "My second place was a true reflection of how strong we were at Suzuka, because I qualified in that position and there were no retirements at the front - we were genuinely extremely competitive.
"Japan is always an important race for the team and I love visiting the country, so it was extra special from that point of view. Everyone in the team has worked so hard this season and to finish on the podium again, after Timo's second place a week ago in Singapore, was another really good reward for them."
Despite the joy of returning to the podium for the first time since Bahrain, Trulli - who revealed that had suffered similar cold and fever symptoms to team-mate Glock immediately after Singapore - admitted that his qualifying performance had suggested that more could have been possible on race day.
"I was hoping to win the race for Toyota, of course, but second place is still a great result," he conceded, "The team and myself pushed to the absolute maximum all weekend and we got the best result possible. I think Red Bull were just a bit too quick for us to win, but I am certainly not disappointed.
Friday was not a very productive day generally because of the rain. The weather forecast said it would be dry for the rest of the weekend, so there was not much to be gained from doing too many laps, which left us with a busy programme on Saturday morning. But, right from the start, the car felt good and the lap times were consistently very competitive, so I was pretty optimistic going into qualifying.