Scuderia Toro Rosso enjoyed its best qualifying result to date at the Canadian Grand Prix, having managed to get both of its drivers into the second phase of the knock-out session for the first time in 2007.

Tonio Liuzzi has been a feature of Q2 on rare occasions, but both the Italian and team-mate Scott Speed built on recent good performances by the team to escape the Q1 drop zone and battle for places 11-16.

"Our best qualifying of the season, with both cars getting through into Q2 for the first time this year," confirmed technical chief Giorgio Ascanelli, "We need to see if we can repeat this in future races before we can really talk about a positive trend, but nevertheless everybody in the team is really trying his best and hardest to achieve something. As for today's result, we can only be happy about it."

Liuzzi ended the day as the best placed of the STR pair, claiming twelfth spot alongside Super Aguri's Takuma Sato. However, he admitted to a mistake which possibly caused the team to miss out on an even better result.

"On my final run, I drifted just a little wide at corner seven and, without that, it's just possible I might have made it into Q3 and the top ten," he reflected, "I am in positive mood and maybe I am getting repetitive with my comments at every race, but we really are improving.

"This is another good qualifying after Monaco, which confirms the car is getting better and better. Now we have to see how our reliability will be in the race as we have had some trouble with the gearbox during this weekend. Fingers crossed!"

Team-mate Speed was overjoyed to have made the cut for the first time this season, but revealed that changing track conditions had prevented him from rising above an eventual 16th.

"I think I should have done this a few times this season, but I always seemed to be unlucky with traffic," the American reasoned, "Today, I didn't have any traffic, which is why I got through.

"The car felt good in the first part of the session, but then, as the track rubbered in, I picked up quite a lot of understeer, which we were not able to fix by adjusting the wing. Tomorrow I hope for some points but that might require a few people to break down."