Jarno Trulli says he is optimistic that he will be able to fight for a second consecutive podium finish as F1 heads to Brazil this weekend for the penultimate round of the season.
On a weekend that saw team-mate Timo Glock forced to miss the race due to injuries sustained in qualifying, Trulli secured a strong second place finish in Japan to help Toyota match its record for podium finishes in a season – which currently stands at five.
Having previously run well at Interlagos – indeed he qualified on the front row for the race last year – Trulli will now hope to set a new record for Toyota in this weekend's race and the Italian said he was keen to try and ensure the team ends the season on a high.
"This season has flown by so quickly; it's hard to believe we are already at the penultimate race of the year!” he said. “It's always enjoyable to be racing in Brazil, and particularly at Interlagos, which is a tough circuit. The track is quite unusual because it is anti-clockwise, but also because half of it is extremely fast and the other half is very technical, so you need to compromise to find the right set-up.
“Toyota has usually been quite strong at Interlagos and I've generally been very quick there too so I'm hopeful that will be the case again this year. It was fantastic to be on the podium in the last race, especially in front of all our Japanese supporters, and I hope to be fighting at the front again this weekend.
“Last year I was on the front row in Brazil and I believe this year's car will also be quite well suited to the track so I am optimistic. I am determined to end the season as we started it; on a high note."