Ralf Schumacher is determined to get his Formula 1 season back on track with a strong performance in Monaco following another disappointing outing in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having scored in the first round of the season at Albert Park, Schumacher has since struggled to match the pace of team-mate Jarno Trulli, something characterised by the German's failure to get beyond the first qualifying session in Barcelona while the Italian started sixth.

The race was little better, the German being hit hard on the first lap by Alex Wurz and then having to retire from a position that could have yielded a point on a day when the rate of attrition was unusually high.

Nonetheless, Schumacher is hopeful of repeating his point-winning exploits of the previous two seasons at Monaco having claimed a sixth and eighth place finish for the Toyota team in 2005 and 2006.

He is particularly eager for a good result following his disappointing run of form, although he believes the improvement made to the TF107 will see him up at the sharp end again around the streets of the principality.

"Spain was a disappointing weekend for me so obviously I am going to Monaco looking for a big improvement. Our car has improved, even if that was not clear from my results in qualifying or the race, but we still have work to do and we will be pushing hard for a better result in Monaco.

"It is always a great challenge to race at Monaco with the narrow streets and barriers so close. It's a tough race physically and mentally because you cannot afford even the smallest mistake. Overtaking is nearly impossible so qualifying will be very important.

"I have good memories of taking pole position in Monaco in the past so our first goal will be to qualify as high as possible to give me the best chance of a strong result. My aim for the weekend has to be to score points again and I am optimistic we have a good chance."

 

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