by Russell Atkins

Jarno Trulli says Toyota's strong showing in Friday practice at Silverstone - with both of the red-and-white cars figuring firmly inside the top five and ahead of reigning double world champion Fernando Alonso - came despite the Japanese manufacturer not focussing on chasing lap times.

The Italian wound up fifth at the close of the day's proceedings, two spots behind team-mate Ralf Schumacher and just eight tenths shy of Kimi Raikkonen's pace-setting Ferrari. As he bids to make up for the disappointment of going out on the first lap in France a week ago, Trulli admitted he could not have hoped for a better start to the weekend.

"Even if it's only Friday, the performance was pretty good," he told Crash.net at the circuit. "We didn't concentrate too much on performance and set-up to be honest, because it was so windy it was nearly impossible to understand anything. The track was very different [to during the test here two weeks ago]."

Acknowledging the fact the weather can be notoriously unpredictable throughout the British Grand Prix weekend - heavily influencing set-up and the behaviour of the cars - Trulli was unwilling to set any targets for the remainder of the meeting, though he did concede he hoped to be able to atone for his Magny-Cours error by putting Toyota back on the scoreboard again.

"We will wait and see what happens in qualifying," he insisted, "and then we will find out [where we really are]. Getting into the top ten on the grid and trying to score a point or points in the race would be nice."

 

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