After making it only as far as the first corner at Indianapolis two weeks ago, Ralf Schumacher's demands for Magny-Cours aren't excessive, but the German is confident that Toyota's TF107 will be a more potent weapon in France than it was in the Americas.

Schumacher appears to have shrugged off the threat of imminent replacement despite his turn one clash with David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello at the Brickyard, but heads to central France still uncertain of his future, despite insisting that his job is safe. A good result at a circuit where he has traditionally fared well would be a help in more ways than one, therefore.

"To retire from the last race at the first corner was obviously very disappointing, especially after a pretty good qualifying performance," he admitted, "But I am determined to have a better race in France.

"Jarno's result demonstrated what the team can achieve and I expect us to be fighting for points again. I had the chance to test at Silverstone for a day last week, which was productive and I also recorded the fastest lap of the day, so it went well and we had no problems at all with the car.

"I have a good record at Magny Cours - I have happy memories of my first pole position there in 2001 and victory there in 2003 - although I can't say I am that keen on Magny-Cours from a driving perspective. However, I am reasonably optimistic that we can fight for points again this weekend. It is my 32nd birthday on Saturday, so I'm hoping for a strong qualifying to celebrate - and then some points would be a good present!"

 

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