Ralf Schumacher has said that Toyota definitely have the 'potential to turn things around' this season, even though to date this year they have yet to do better than a sixth place finish.

Ralf has only scored 2 points thus far in 2007, thanks to two eighth place finishes - one at the season opening, Australian Grand Prix and the other in Canada last month. Although he did extremely well in qualifying at the recent British GP and lined-up sixth on the grid, he was unable to capitalise on it due to a wheel fixation problem that put him out on lap 22.

Ralf's team-mate, Jarno Trulli hasn't done that much better either and well he has generally qualified better and has scored 7 points, Toyota are a long way off where they want to be.

"We clearly have the potential to turn it around though," Ralf insisted. "We have good people, the right facilities and we just need to do the job. Everyone is pushing hard so I am quite optimistic.

"Clearly a double retirement at Silverstone is not satisfactory but the positive element was the sixth place in qualifying. That was representative and I had good lap times while I was still in the race.

"We were able to stay with the BMWs and Renaults and the fact that we were able to fight with the stronger teams will give everyone a lift as we prepare for the N?rburgring."

As for the recent event at Silverstone, Ralf conceded that he was very disappointed not to make it to the finish, especially in light of the fact he had put in his best qualifying performance of the year on the Saturday. He also added that points were definitely a possibility.

"I retired just after one-third distance. I felt the wheel fixation problem as I came into the complex and it was a pity because we were strong all weekend and I was confident of a good result," he continued.

"Our performance level was good all weekend and we really expected to finish strongly. Unfortunately, after qualifying sixth I lost positions at the start but after that I was able to set lap times which competitive with the cars in front. That showed we had the potential to fight for a top-six finish."

So where have they gained performance recently?

"It's simply that under certain circumstances our car is very competitive. We have seen it in Barcelona and we looked good in terms of pace in Magny-Cours too, but we had problems so we didn't get the results we wanted. We just need to extend that window a bit," he summed-up.

 

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