Toyota Racing returns to action at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend confident that work done during the three-week summer 'break' should move the TF107 further up the pecking order in Formula One's hotly-contested midfield battle.

A floor update and a new front wing will be introduced to the cars of Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli for the race at Istanbul Park, as the team aims to at least extend its record of having scored points on both previous visits to Turkey. Already buoyed by Schumacher's strong sixth place at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out, senior general manager Pascal Vasselon is confident that the team's mid-season resurgence can continue.

"We are looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix and are optimistic of scoring points again after Ralf's sixth place in Hungary," he confirmed, "Since Magny-Cours, we have made a step in terms of overall performance, which you have seen from our qualifying results, and it was positive to see that translate into a race result.

"After the high-downforce demands of Hungary, we will return to a medium downforce window which seemed to suit our car at Magny-Cours, Silverstone and the N?rburgring, and we will be looking to continue the qualifying form we have shown recently and build on Ralf's race result in Hungary. We were pleased to be fighting with the BMWs in Hungary, so now we expect to again see our drivers challenge for the top six and, hopefully, get both cars in the points."

The 14-turn, 5.338km Istanbul Park circuit is the newest track on the F1 calendar but already regarded as one of the most challenging, with significant elevation changes and several corners inspired by the sport's greatest venues. Hot weather is also a given, with temperatures of over 30?C predicted for the weekend.

"Istanbul Park could be described as a standard new F1 track if it were not for turn eight," Vasselon pointed out, "This is a really outstanding corner, which is very demanding physically for the drivers and also for the tyres."

While Schumacher heads to Turkey buoyed by his result last time out, team-mate Trulli is hoping that the summer break will bring a change in fortune.

"It was a disappointing weekend for me in Hungary because we showed a lot of potential in practice and early in qualifying, especially when I was third in Q2, but we did not get the result we hoped for," the Italian commented, "We need to work hard to improve.

"I am looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix after a relaxing break with my family, and I hope we can get a decent result because we have shown that, if everything goes well, our car is capable of scoring points. I am aiming to keep up my good record of qualifying in the top ten and then, hopefully, I can score points again."

 

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