Although they were once again inside the top ten, Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were both slightly disappointed to come away from qualifying for the European Grand Prix in eighth and ninth positions respectively.

The second race in succession that both drivers have made it into the top ten shootout, Trulli and Schumacher were confident of taking the fight to BMW for a spot inside the top five, but were instead behind both Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, as well as the Red Bull of Mark Webber and Renault of Heikki Kovalainen.

Having out paced Red Bull in recent races and challenged Renault too, neither driver was entirely satisfied with their position, but are keeping their eye on points finishes nonetheless.

"The session went quite well for me today and getting into the top 10 is positive," Schumacher, who will start ninth, said. "We would have liked to have finished a bit higher but eighth and ninth is still okay. We knew it was going to be difficult to get both cars in the top 10 but the car feels quite good and I am reasonably happy with today's performance.

"It felt like we had a decent balance throughout the session and we had no problems with the car, so that was good. I am happy to be on the clean side of the grid for the start tomorrow - hopefully we can make a strong start because there are cars in front of us which I think we can catch. We will see how it goes but I am hopeful. The weekend has gone well for us so far and now we will hopefully score some points."

Trulli meanwhile very nearly didn't even make the final cut when he spun off on his fastest lap in Q2 at the Veedol chicane. Nonetheless, his prior effort was good enough to hold on for tenth fastest, the Italian going on to finish eighth best.

"It was a difficult qualifying session. We both did a reasonably good job and I think we are in good shape for the race. We will keep working hard but having two cars in the top 10 is not too bad. The first session went well and we had no trouble getting through. As you could see, I had a spin on my last flying lap in Q2 at the chicane but luckily it did not matter and we got into the top 10 again.

"Obviously there is quite a lot of work to do to fight the cars ahead of us but from where we are on the grid, we have a good chance of scoring points again, so as usual I will push hard and try to get the best result possible. It should be dry tomorrow but we are at the N?rburgring so anything can happen!"

 

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