Jarno Trulli says he is fully confident that Toyota will be able to regain the form it displayed three years ago in Formula 1 this season, as he enters his fourth full campaign with the Japanese outfit.

Toyota underperformed considerably last year - racking up just 13 points courtesy of the Italian and team-mate Ralf Schumacher - but with a raft of new regulations turning the tide for 2008, Trulli is clearly in fighting mood as the countdown to Melbourne begins.

"I'm really looking forward to the new season," the 33-year-old enthused at the launch of the squad's TF108 challenger in Cologne. "It's very important to have continuity in a Formula 1 team, especially when you want to grow.

"I personally feel very happy to be staying here. Despite the fact that we suffered last season, I still have faith in the potential and resources of the Toyota F1 team and I'm sure we can do great things.

"We've already done well in the past, back in 2005, and we have the potential to bounce back. That's what we all want to do."

What's more, with a radical new car, a new team-mate in GP2 Champion Timo Glock and a ban on electronic driver aids such as traction control, Trulli is convinced the fast-approaching season will herald a return to happier days, and he admits he is raring to get back on-track in the TF108 when it takes to the circuit for the first time on Sunday at Jerez.

"I like Timo a lot," he stated. "He's a very quick driver, as he showed last year, and I'm sure he is going to give me a hard time as well as giving all the team good motivation.

"I'm also really happy that traction control has been banned - it gives the car back to the driver a little bit. We are all very confident we will be stronger than last year and we are determined to achieve great results. After a difficult season, I'm really hungry to get back behind the wheel and drive the new car - and show that we can still fight for podiums."

 

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