by Russell Atkins

Ralf Schumacher is optimistic Toyota will have the race speed to match its qualifying performance in the British Grand Prix, after both TF107s made it into the top ten on the starting grid for the first time since Malaysia back in March.

What's more, sixth position marks the first time the German has out-pointed team-mate Jarno Trulli on a Saturday all year and was a mere half a second shy of pole. With just two points to his name in 2007 and no contract yet in place for next season, Schumacher knows a strong showing at a circuit where last year he crashed out on the opening lap could be timely indeed.

"Our performance this weekend shows we are able to race where we start," the recently-turned 32-year-old told reporters at the track. "I hope we don't lose any positions at the start with being on the dirty side. That's not perfect clearly, but I will just take it from there. We've always been strong on strategy, so once we get going it should be a good race for us."

Looking further ahead, Schumacher said he had every belief the Japanese outfit was capable of getting back on-track once more following a desperately disappointing first half to the campaign, with a best finish so far of sixth place for Trulli in Indianapolis and four points fewer than customer Toyota team Williams.

"We clearly have the potential to turn it around," he insisted. "We have some good people working here, the right facilities and everything. We just need to do the job, and everybody is pushing so I'm quite confident."

 

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