Jarno Trulli brought Toyota's frustrating sixth season in Formula 1 to a close with a bit of joy after securing the eighth and final point of the year in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

One of the few drivers to embark on a three-stop strategy, although Trulli may have been helped by problems for others but the Italian was still able to hold it together to run as high as fifth in the middle stages of the race.

Slipping back when he made a splash and dash in the final laps, Trulli re-emerged in eighth to claim the team's first points since the Hungarian Grand Prix and his own since the United States Grand Prix.

Competing well with BMW and Williams for the first time in a while, Trulli wants this point to be the motivation that takes them into the winter period.

"I am happy because we finished the season with our first finish in the points for a long time. I have been trying hard for many races without luck and finally today things went more smoothly. We all had a battle with the tyres today. We took the gamble to go for a three-stop strategy and in the end 8th position was quite a good result.

"It is also good for the motivation of the team as we head into the winter. I would like to thank everyone because it has been a hard season but we never gave up. That is the most important thing because we have to look ahead to the future, to improve the car and the performance. I believe we have the potential and next year I think we can bounce back up the grid."

With Toyota ending the season with sixth place in the standings, team principal Tadashi Yamashina admits 2007 has not lived up to their high expectations. However, inevitably they expect more from 2008 though.

"Of course we will use this return to the points as a springboard and we will do our best to develop the best possible car for next season."

 

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