Jarno Trulli gave Toyota a welcome lift as the Japanese giant continues to battle back from its poor start to the season, by topping the timesheets at the end of the second day of testing at Silverstone.

Indeed, the Italian was quickest despite completing fewer laps than almost any other driver present, and his form maintained Toyota's supremacy after team-mate Ralf Schumacher had led the way on day one. Trulli focussed on engine work and set-up preparation ahead of next month's British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit and encountered no reliability issues with his TF107, though his running was limited by a change of suspension settings and a heavy shower just as he was set to return to the track in the afternoon.

"In general it was a positive day," he remarked afterwards, "even though it's difficult to judge comparative performance because it's always very windy here. The morning went well for us testing set-up and tyres, and I felt pretty comfortable with the car. Then we changed the suspension settings so we lost some time around the lunch break.

"After the rain in the afternoon we only had about a half an hour more of meaningful work, but that was typical of the problems we can face during testing. Overall the running I have been able to complete has been good so I would say we are in reasonable shape here."

Kimi Raikkonen ended the day second-fastest in the Ferrari, just over a tenth shy of Trulli's best effort, with Alex Wurz continuing both his and Williams' recent strong form in third after concentrating on aerodynamic work before team-mate Nico Rosberg takes over for the final day on Thursday.

McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa finished up fourth, the Spaniard assessing aerodynamics and race set-up and working on tyre evaluation ahead of the grand prix, with Heikki Kovalainen fifth for Renault having spent the day concentrating primarily on trying out new aero components for the R27. The Finn's programme was slightly delayed by an engine change after the team noticed some later-diagnosed abnormal behaviour with it, but he nevertheless succeeded in improving both the performance and handling of the car and collecting some useful data ahead of the race.

"We have enjoyed two important days of testing," the 25-year-old commented afterwards. "We didn't do as many laps as we would have liked, but it has been a very good test even so. The car is more consistent to drive, and moving forward bit by bit. I think it's an encouraging sign for the next few races."

Vitantonio Liuzzi was sixth-fastest for Scuderia Toro Rosso as the team's new quick-shift gearbox system enjoyed a second consecutive trouble-free day, with the Italian just ahead of Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull Racing machine. BMW-Sauber test-driver Timo Glock wound up eighth after focusing on tyre testing, suspension development and aero work, with Spyker's Adrian Sutil rounding out the runners in ninth.

Testing is due to conclude tomorrow (Thursday).

Leading performances (20 June) - Silverstone:

1. Jarno Trulli Toyota-Toyota 1min 21.420secs 49 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 21.548s 63 laps
3. Alex Wurz Williams-Toyota 1m 21.904s 65 laps
4. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.018s 58 laps
5. Heikki Kovalainen Renault-Renault 1m 22.119s 53 laps
6. Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari1m 22.365s 83 laps
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.447s 33 laps
8. Timo Glock BMW-Sauber 1m 22.481s 84 laps
9. Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1m 23.248 72 laps

All times unofficial - courtesy of McLaren-Mercedes

Track/weather conditions: Overcast with some rain in afternoon. Track temperature, 35.6? C / Ambient temperature, 18.8? C

 

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