Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli were in an ebullient mood following free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix after both drivers got within the McLarens and Ferraris around Istanbul Park.

Attempting to follow up his season best sixth place finish at Hungary, Schumacher led the way in both sessions, getting up to seventh in the morning before securing an impressive third fastest in the afternoon.

Although Schumacher admits it is hard to decipher exactly what strategies different teams are running after one day, the German is confident it will still see Toyota playing a significant part in the weekend's action.

"So far everything is going fine and we can be happy with our work today. The results were encouraging with third place in second practice and we hope we can convert our form today into a strong qualifying result. It's only Friday so it's hard to tell where we are but our first target for qualifying is to get both cars in the top 10.

"I think we have a good chance to do well. My performance in qualifying and the race in Hungary showed we are capable of fighting for strong results and I hope we can do that again. Now we will focus on getting the most out of the car for qualifying, when I hope to give myself another opportunity to score good points."

However, while Trulli backed his team-mate up with tenth in the first session and fourth in the second, the Italian was far from happy with the balance of his TF107, becoming one of many drivers to experience a spin on the dusty circuit.

"It was a reasonable day for me today. We worked on the set-up but I had a bit of an issue getting the car exactly how I want it. I was not so happy with the balance and I felt that under braking I could not push as hard as I wanted to, so now we will work hard to find a compromise before qualifying.

"I am really focused and motivated this weekend to score points again because I have had a couple of unlucky races. I expect to once again get into Q3 and from there I am ready to score points. The battle in the midfield is very tight and we know we cannot afford any mistakes but I am confident we can push for another strong result here."

 

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