Following their weekend to forget on home soil in Japan last weekend, little improved for Toyota in the Chinese Grand Prix after a dismal race that saw both Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher struggle in the tricky conditions.

Indeed, Schumacher was one of the race director's most favoured focuses through much of the race after a patchy event that showed speed but ultimately ended with a rather innocuous spin.

Not that the German hadn't already had his fair share of incidents after he spun on the inside of the long first turn on the opening lap, dropping him to the back of the field. Furthermore, while Schumacher showed good form on the intermediate tyres to scythe his way back into contention, when he attempted to pass Vitantonio Liuzzi around the outside of turn three he was instead clipped into a second revolution.

Battling back from that incident, Schumacher finally ended his race on the last corner of 25 when he was caught out by the sudden shower mid-way through the race that made the last few corners of the lap particularly treacherous.

It leaves Schumacher with just one more race to impress prospective employers having revelaled this week that he will not be racing with Toyota in 2008.

"That was a tough, disappointing race. Our start was okay but I spun on the first lap while trying to avoid a collision with another car. After that we were able to make up good ground and I passed a lot of cars. It was a pity that Liuzzi hit me but I'm sure it was not on purpose. At that point the track was drying so we took the risk to switch to dry tyres because we didn't have much to lose.

"But then the quick shower arrived, I lost grip and the engine died. It was an enjoyable race but it's too bad we don't have a result. I only have one race left for Toyota but I will head to Brazil seeking to score as many points as possible to end my time here on a high note."

There wasn't much more to smile about for Jarno Trulli either, the Italian never getting involved in anything more than the mid-field fight, eventually finishing one place lower than he started in 13th.

"This weekend has been a real struggle for me. Yesterday I had problems with the balance of my car and today's race was always going to be a challenge as a result. Still, we made a good start and I was making good ground on the wet tyres given the conditions.

"But after the pit stop we lost a few places. It was a difficult race for everyone and it just didn't work out for me. I gave my best and pushed hard but it was not possible to score points. Now we head to the last race in Brazil and we will hope for a better result there."

 

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