Toyota began practice for the Belgian Grand Prix in positive fashion, with both Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher posting top six times in the faster afternoon session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Like its rivals, the team had tested at the Ardennes venue for three days back in July and the drivers picked up from where they had left off, trying out different aerodynamic and mechanical set-ups while taking the first steps towards evaluating the soft and medium compound Bridgestone tyres as the circuit gradually gripped up during the day.

"Today went quite well and I am pretty happy," Trulli confirmed, "We basically concentrated on set-up work and tyre performance, and I think we are looking quite strong for this weekend. It was good to set some competitive lap times this afternoon. I am pushing as hard as possible to score some points because we have been close in the last few races but always had problems.

"I love this circuit - it is the best in the world, so I am very motivated to get a good result here. It has everything a driver wants from a track, you are challenged everywhere and there is every different type of corner. I always find myself in a good mood here at Spa so I hope for the rest of the weekend we can continue to do a good job."

Despite Spa's reputation for changeable weather, practice ran under clear skies, with both drivers able to complete more than a race distance across the two sessions.

"We went through all our planned programme and had no reliability issues, which is a positive thing," Schumacher commented, "We already had a good idea of set-up from our test here earlier this year but, of course, the conditions were not exactly the same today. We expected to be reasonably strong here and this seems to be the case, judging by today's lap times."

The pace of the TF107 will be of particular interest to the German, who continues to qualify erratically.

"I am relatively happy with the pace we showed," he said of the opening day, "Qualifying has been very close in the last few races, with only one or two tenths making a big difference, so we will work hard to optimise our car in time for qualifying. I am optimistic about our chances and, hopefully, we can fight for a strong result."

 

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