Toyota produced comfortably their best qualifying performance of the season as both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli took a surprise fight to BMW and Renault for arguably the first time this season.

Although a Toyota in the top ten is not necessarily a new occasion this season - only one race has see at least one car fail to make the shootout - it was the first time both drivers had managed to make it through to the final stage since the second round at Sepang.

Even more unusual though was that it was Ralf Schumacher leading the way, the German very much putting his qualifying dramas behind him with a season-best sixth on the grid, while he also had the advent of out-qualifying team-mate Jarno Trulli for the first time this year.

Naturally Schumacher was delighted with his spot on the third row of the grid, but was now looking ahead to the race and getting a good enough start, his crash on the first lap in 2006 likely to be fresh in his memory.

"This is my best qualifying result of the year so I am happy with what we have achieved. Both the test a fortnight ago and yesterday's practice session went well. The car seems to suit me better here this weekend and I can just do what I want with it so I am happy. We were relatively quick in the race in Magny-Cours so I naturally hope that can continue tomorrow.

"First we must concentrate on making a good start. I'm on the dirty side of the grid which is not perfect but we will take it from there. It's been a difficult season but the whole team has kept working very hard - both at the race tracks and at the factory. We know what we want to achieve and we are pushing so I'm sure we can turn the corner. To have both cars in the top ten means that we have a chance to score points which we really need."

Although Trulli's tenth place ensured both Toyotas will start inside the top ten, the Italian was by contrast disappointed with the result. Nonetheless, he still believes points are possible come race day.

"To make it into the top ten was a good qualifying result for me considering how things have gone all weekend. I have been struggling with the set-up and I have really found it hard to get hold of the car. We tried to improve the set-up this morning but we didn't succeed. It seems that whatever I tried to do I would be slow.

"So this was about as much as I could manage today. We are still in a good position for the race so we will see what we can do to improve things for tomorrow. Now I just hope to make the finish and see if we can score some more points. The British fans are passionate about F1 and there are a lot of people here giving support to all the drivers so I'm sure there will be a good atmosphere."

 

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