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Trulli eyes points.

Jarno Trulli has said that he 'expects' to score points in the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, the eleventh round in championship and the final event before F1's three-week summer holiday.

Trulli has notched up 20 points thus far this season and is currently seventh in the drivers' championship, and while the last event didn't go to plan, the Italian believes that the Cologne-based outfit can bounce back in Budapest.

Indeed despite rather mediocre results at the 'Ring over the last two years - only finishing 10th in 2007 and 12th in 2006, he insists he should be able to put the TF108 in the top-eight for the seventh time this season on Sunday.

"I have usually been competitive in Hungary, even if I have been a bit unlucky with results, so I am optimistic for the weekend and I expect to score points again," he confirmed. "We showed in qualifying at Hockenheim that we can fight close to the front so our aim is to repeat that pace and get back in the points."

Asked about the 4.381 kilometre track itself, which is made up of 14 mostly tight turns, and is one of the slowest on the schedule, Trulli added that he really likes it.

"I enjoy racing at the Hungaroring because it is a challenging circuit which is good fun to drive," he explained. "It's a narrow track with a lot of corners in quite a short lap so it's not easy to overtake. That means qualifying will be particularly important here.

"Usually we expect a dusty track because it isn't used regularly and this is quite a challenge for a driver because if you run off line you lose a lot of time, so you really have to concentrate to avoid making even the smallest mistake.

"Normally this race is one of the hottest of the year so you really need to be in good condition to stay sharp throughout the race, although I have done my training so it won't be a problem for me."

Toyota's senior chassis general manager, Pascal Vasselon meanwhile chipped in that one of the things they need to focus on most is the tyres.

"In Hungary we have an aerodynamic efficiency requirement which is different from our baseline car and much closer to Monaco, so we will run a high-downforce specification.

"The lay-out of the track also requires attention in terms of cooling, because the average speed is lower and there is quite a lot of braking, so we always have to be careful with cooling the brakes and engine. However, the main challenge in Budapest is tyre related; lateral severity is quite high but the track is quite low grip. You have to make sure you can get adequate heat into the tyres without destroying them very quickly and this is not easy," he warned.


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