Jarno Trulli insists that his top eight finish in the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix will be a source of motivation for the Toyota team heading into the winter, with the Cologne based outfit having endured a trying Formula 1 campaign in 2007.

Trulli and team-mate Ralf Schumacher managed to pick up just 13 points during the season to finish down in sixth place in the constructors' championship standings - although that was only after McLaren had been excluded from the points thanks to its involvement in the Formula 1 spying row.

Trulli himself was unable to show some of the pace he had displayed in carrying Toyota to podium finishes in recent seasons and went into the season finale having not scored a points finish since the United States Grand Prix in June.

However, having battled back from a difficult start to the weekend as he fought handling issues on his TF107, Trulli was able to end the season with an eighth place finish - a result he believes will provide extra motivation as the team starts preparations for 2008.

"The team has worked very hard all season but it had been a long time since we finished in the top eight for various reasons," he said. "It was good to finish the season back in the points and it gives us extra motivation as we work towards next season.

"Development never stops in Formula 1 so when one season finishes the team is already thinking about the next one. I will have a short break with my family before winter testing starts but I know everyone at the factory is already working flat-out on the TF108. We have had a difficult season in 2007 but we know where we have to improve and the team is very motivated to succeed. Even through some hard times this year, the team has never given up and now we have the chance to improve performance and enjoy a better season in 2008."

The event also marked Trulli's last race alongside Ralf Schumacher with the German driver having announced that he will move on for 2008, with Trulli wishing his former partner all the best for the future.

"Ralf has been my team-mate for three years at Toyota and I don't think I have ever had the same team-mate for so long in my Formula 1 career," he said. "There is always competition between team-mates at any team in Formula 1 and you always want to beat your team-mate but I had a very fair battle with Ralf.

"We both had the same aim of helping the team make progress and we worked together to develop the car. I wish him all the best in the future."

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