After a far from easy season to date, Ralf Schumacher at last had reason to cheer in Hungary after securing his best finish of the Formula 1 campaign at the Hungaroring.

The Toyota driver went into the weekend having picked up just two eighth place finishes from the opening ten races of the season but enjoyed his best qualifying result to date as he lined up fifth on the grid.

With the team electing to run a two-stop strategy during the race, Schumacher was able to fight inside the top six for most the race and looked good for a possible top four finish in the final stages. However traffic would work against him and the German was forced to settle for sixth - although he more than doubled his points tally for the season in the process.

"The race was great," he said. "I made a strong start and was fighting for fourth place in the first few corners. The car was really good, at the beginning it was a bit nervous but we made some front flap adjustments and then it was okay. After the first pit stops we started to see different strategies from some of the teams.

"We went with a two-stopper and I think we made the right decision. It was a shame we lost quite a bit of time coming up behind Heidfeld later in the race but still three points is good for the team. We need them and now we are looking good for the rest of the season. It's my best result of the season so I am happy."

However, for team-mate Trulli the race proved to be one to forget as a poor start saw him drop from tenth to twelfth on the opening lap.

From there, the Italian managed to battle back up to his starting position but could get no further as he settled for a tenth place finish.

"That was a disappointing race because we had looked competitive this weekend," he reflected. "It was very difficult for me after the start because again it was bad. I lost a lot of positions and from there I couldn't really do anything because it is so hard to overtake on this circuit. I was just stuck in traffic.

"We tried to make up some positions with our strategy and when I was in clear air my lap times improved so I moved up a bit. However, you cannot do too much on this track. The final stint was quite difficult on the option tyre but at that stage there was not much we could do to improve our position. We have work to do before the next race."

 

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