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Toyota eyeing BMW`s third best status.

Toyota have vowed to build on the recent run of form that has seen them challenge BMW for their status as the third best team in Formula 1 as the series heads to Valencia for the first grand prix held around the streets of the Spanish city.

Rostrum finishes for Jarno Trulli in France and Timo Glock in Hungary have lifted the Japanese manufacturer to fourth in the constructors' standings as they show flashes of the pace that had them challenging for regular podiums back in 2005.

Attention now turns to the European Grand Prix where Senior General Manager Pascal Vasselon is confident the level playing field that is the new street circuit will see Toyota show off their true potential.

"We are well prepared for Valencia. Of course, we started our preparations for this new track by looking at the FIA information and that allowed us to put forward some speed profiles in order to estimate downforce and braking requirements, for example.

“We also sent staff to look at the inaugural race meeting there at the end of July and that gave us additional data with regards to speed profiles, driving lines and track surface. We expect the track to be in the mid range of downforce and quite severe on brakes. At the beginning we anticipate grip will be quite low but that should improve throughout the weekend.

“In terms of performance, we clearly want to build on the competitiveness shown in Hungary. We are genuinely challenging to be the third quickest car based on the last few races. Valencia will also show how well teams can react to new conditions so it will be an interesting weekend and we have every reason to be feeling very positive."

Currently classified as the 'best of the rest' behind the big three, lead driver Jarno Trulli, is also looking forward to the challenge of the street circuit, not least because his intricate driving style has served him well on similar circuits, namely Monaco, in the past.

"The track looks amazing and the location is fantastic so I am really looking forward to this Grand Prix,” he said. “The team has worked hard to prepare for this race because it is a new track for all of us but from a driver's point of view the important thing is to drive it for the first time and then you can start to understand more about the circuit.

“I am expecting a competitive weekend as well because at the moment we are looking quite strong. Scoring more points is our target and if we challenge for the podium again, that would be great."


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