Having been tipped for the axe as Formula One headed across the Atlantic in June, Ralf Schumacher now heads in the opposite direction, to Turkey, holding the upper hand in the Toyota camp.

Although the German still trails team-mate Jarno Trulli by two points in the championship standings, he has had the better of the Italian last time out in Hungary and is keen to build on that and the improved performance of the TF107 as he heads to a circuit that has been kind to him in the past.

"Hungary was a very strong weekend for me and the team, with my best qualifying and race results of the season," Schumacher reflected, "We looked really competitive and had a good result, so I am now looking forward to building on that performance in Turkey.

"Istanbul Park is quite unusual for a modern circuit because it features a lot of elevation changes and a varied mix of corners, but it's an exciting track to drive. We have shown over the last few races that we have become more competitive and we are moving in the right direction. Our car seems to be reasonably competitive on different kinds of circuits, so we are hopeful again for this weekend."

Schumacher's place in the 2008 Toyota line-up is far from secure with the team still deliberating over its pairing, and knows that continued performances akin to that in Budapest will be the best way to retain his spot.

"It was important for the team to score points in Hungary and now we will aim to do that again in Turkey. I enjoyed the summer break, but now I am ready to get back to racing."

 

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