Toyota general manager Pascal Vasselon has revealed that the team is hoping for an upturn in form this weekend, as the Formula One circus returns to circuits requiring a more regular aerodynamic package.

Admitting that the last three races had not been the best for the Cologne squad, Vasselon pointed to the need for 'special' aero packages as a possible cause of the fluctuation in results for Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher, but admitted that he was confident that things would turn around now that the season was back into its European heart.

"Ever since Monaco we have been using special aero packages - Monaco because it is, of course, high downforce, but also Canada and Indianapolis, which are closer to a low downforce package," he explained, "In France, we will return to a package closer to that which we used in Barcelona, although we have since developed it and there will be new parts this weekend.

"At Indianapolis, we were comparatively not as strong in low downforce, low grip conditions as we had been in Barcelona, so we are looking forward with optimism to returning to the package which we have focused most of our effort on. Jarno drove a great race in Indianapolis to get sixth and that clearly demonstrates that the car has the potential to fight at the front, so we expect to close the gap on the group ahead of us and we are hopeful of another strong points-scoring performance in France."

Both Trulli and team-mate Schumacher spent time testing the TF107 at Silverstone last week, setting quick laps during a trouble-free three days, adding to the confidence heading to Magny-Cours. Last year's French race saw strong performances from both drivers, with Schumacher taking fourth place and Trulli only being denied a podium finish by brake problems.

"I enjoy visiting France and have had some good results at Magny-Cours," the Italian reflected, "I have spent time working for French teams, and I speak French, so I have a good relationship with the French fans and always feel very much at home there. "I had a fantastic result in Indianapolis, which shows that we are capable of strong results and I am optimistic we can fight at the front again in France."

 

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