Toyota has targeted a return to the points in its home race at the N?rburgring this weekend, as it bids to erase the memory of a barren two race run.

The Cologne-based ?quipe travels to the European Grand Prix with a mere nine points on the board at the midway stage in 2007, having flattered to deceive on a number of occasions. At Silverstone last time out, both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli qualified inside the top ten, only for the Sunday to bring further disappointment with a marked drop-off in form and double retirement blow.

"Silverstone was a weekend to forget to be honest," acknowledged Trulli, who turned 33 at the end of last week and has registered the lion's share of the squad's points this year. "We had a good opportunity to score points because the car was quick, as you can see from Ralf's great performance in qualifying. It was a shame that on my car I had no grip and was sliding a lot in the race.

"Formula 1 is about many little things, so we have analysed the data from Silverstone and we will work on improving the set-up when practice starts on Friday. I am still optimistic for this weekend because I think the car definitely has potential and everyone is working very hard to get the best out of it.

"I know the N?rburgring circuit very well, not just from my ten years in F1 but also from my time in German F3. The most important thing at this track is to find a good rhythm because the corners come at you very quickly. This is a home race for the team, so I will be pushing to get a positive result for everyone."

Indeed, after the high-speed corners of Magny-Cours and Silverstone, the N?rburgring represents a return to a medium downforce circuit, and it is one that will certainly present the drivers with a stern test of both their driving ability and car set-up skills.

"At Silverstone our level of performance was good - the best so far this season," underlined senior general chassis manager Pascal Vasselon. "Obviously we struggled to deliver a race result which corresponded to that which was disappointing, but we definitely hope to show the same level of performance at the N?rburgring.

"The track character is different because Silverstone is an extreme track in terms of tyre severity and average cornering speed. The N?rburgring is more average in all aspects - in terms of downforce, as we will run medium downforce, braking stability and tyre usage. You have a bit of everything - you can be traction-limited and front end-limited.

"It is an average track but that doesn't mean it isn't interesting - it's a challenging track but without the special character of Silverstone for example. It's always nice to have our home race; we can feel the pressure and encouragement from our supporters in the grandstands and that is an additional motivation for the race team. Our goal for this weekend has to be to score points and see our drivers fight for the top six again."

 

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