Toyota will benefit from its last major car update of the season at Fuji International Speedway this coming weekend, as the Cologne-based operation looks to deliver on home soil.

To date this year the team has only scored 12 points, however with Red Bull Racing just six points in front, Toyota will be keen to get as many points as possible in Japan in a bid to close the gap and steal fifth place in the constructors' championship.

As such team drivers', Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli will be hoping to make the most of the 'updated' TF107, with aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, and, with plenty of enthusiastic Toyota fans expected, the whole team should get a 'psychological boost'.

"We will have our last major upgrade of the season for the Japanese Grand Prix, with quite a lot of new aerodynamic parts, which we tested at Jerez last week," confirmed Toyota's senior chassis general manager, Pascal Vasselon.

"This is Toyota's home race so our target clearly has to be to score points and I am confident we can achieve this.

"I have been to Fuji Speedway many times and I have good memories of the track. It is certainly a good track to race on and overtaking should be possible, so we can expect to see an exciting race.

"The long straight and the tight first corner should be a real overtaking opportunity.

"Since Fuji has been upgraded it is now of the very highest standard but it still retains a lot of the character of the original circuit, with the long straight and slow infield. In terms of car set-up, this calls for an obvious compromise and this will be the main challenge this weekend."

Trulli meanwhile has said that he is very determined to do well: "I am really looking forward to the Japanese Grand Prix. It is the first time Formula 1 has raced at Fuji for 30 years, and of course it is a home circuit, so we want to have a strong weekend and get back in the points," he added.

"The two most obvious features of Fuji Speedway are the long straight and the scenery because, with the mountains behind, it is very beautiful.

"I drove on the circuit in 2005 just after it was completed but I only did a few laps as a demonstration and the track was very dusty. It is an interesting circuit to drive and the facilities have been completely rebuilt so they are great.

"It's hard to say too much about the track because it is new for all the teams but looking at the first corner, it is at the end of the long straight and quite wide so that should be a good overtaking opportunity. I am expecting a really special atmosphere for our home race and I hope we can deliver a good result," he summed-up.

 

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