Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli are hoping they won't be flattering to deceive following qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the duo keen to maintain their impressive pace over a single lap through to the race.

Toyota have often proved strong in qualifying this year, but race pace has been a detriment for them recently and although they have started in point winning positions, Trulli was the last of the two to finish inside the top eight back at Indianapolis.

On this occasion though, Schumacher has shown the pace around the Hungaroring this weekend and he heads into the race confident Toyota are getting behind their speed over a long distance. It therefore gives him confidence of scoring his first points since Canada.

"That was a good day's work for us. The lap was good, no problems - of course it can always be better. The circuit is very tight and it is very difficult to get a clean lap. We are really happy because we were competitive over one lap but also in the long runs we looked pretty competitive. This is a good achievement from the team and from me.

"We have picked up pace compared to the people around us and that is positive. We have both cars in the top 10 so what we achieved today looks promising for the race tomorrow and I am looking forward to it."

Although it is the tenth time in eleven races that he has qualified inside the top ten this season, Trulli was less satisfied with ninth position, particularly as he was feeling confident after a good run the first knockout sessions.

"I am a little bit disappointed especially for the last qualifying because the car was running pretty well in Q1 and Q2. My lap in Q1 wasn't bad but it was quite windy and that affected the balance of the car and then in Q2 I had a very good lap and was actually in 3rd. That meant I was able to do only one lap to get through, which was very good. In the last part of qualifying, the car felt pretty heavy and a bit harder to drive. In general my lap was a bit slower than I expected and I'm not sure why.

"But, even so, we got both cars into the top 10 and that is a good achievement for the team. We are still in quite a good position and I hope we can push for more points tomorrow. Anyway it is a shame for me because I felt I could build on our good pace in Q2, when I was 3rd, and start higher up the grid."

 

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