Ralf Schumacher claims that Toyota are doing all they can to find further improvements in the second-half of the 2007 Formula 1 season after a somewhat lacklustre showing so far this year.

It has been a decidedly patchy season for Schumacher himself, the German scoring in the first round at Australia before hitting a lull of form that raised speculation he was about to be dropped from his Toyota seat.

Nonetheless, a further point in the melee at Canada coupled to a sixth place finish last time out in the Hungarian Grand Prix appear to have earned the German a stay of execution, even if it remains unclear as to whether Toyota will be willing to extend his contract beyond this season. Schumacher however claims he has been competitive than his results have suggested.

"The aim is always to score points and we had been a bit unfortunate in the races before the Hungaroring. I was fighting for points at the N?rburgring, for example, but the incident with Nick Heidfeld put paid to that. These things happen in racing and you just have to get on with it. Hungary was very satisfying because I qualified very well and started fifth after Alonso was moved back, which is my best position of the season."

Still, while the team have only scored twelve points this season, they have been consistent mid-field runners and have been battling for the scraps at the lower end of the points positions with the likes of Red Bull, Williams and Renault for much of the year.

With that in mind, plus the fact that a Toyota has qualified inside the top ten for all but one race this season, their year has been arguably more anonymous than disastrous. Nonetheless, Schumacher believes there is certainly more to come and that will arrive with experience in due time.

"When you look at the most successful teams they all have an enormous amount of experience. There is no short-cut to that, obviously, but everyone is working hard and is tremendously motivated. We may not have had the results that we would have liked this year but we have improved during the season and we will keep pushing hard."



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