Toyota team leader Jarno Trulli has that he is 'totally' focused on getting a strong result this weekend in Australia.

Trulli heads to Melbourne for the opening round of the 2008 FIA F1 World Championship in an optimistic mood. Indeed after he set the pace on the final day of testing in Barcelona last month, the Italian believes that the Cologne-based operation is looking good and that they will be able to deliver with the TF108 and get into the points on Sunday.

"I am always excited by the start of a new season and this year I am probably more motivated than ever," he noted. "Testing has gone well with the new car; we have made good progress and we know the right direction to work in so I am optimistic.

"This year's car is a big improvement; it is very different to the TF107 and we have a lot of potential to continue the improvement we have seen in testing.

"I really enjoy visiting Australia and Melbourne in particular so I am looking forward to good weather and another enthusiastic crowd, as we always seem to get at Albert Park. The circuit isn't the most challenging but it's nice to drive.

"I am totally focused on getting a strong result this weekend and I think we have a good chance to score points."

Toyota's senior chassis general manager, Pascal Vasselon meanwhile is also looking forward to the new season and seeing how the TF108 performs at Albert Park. Like Trulli he too believes that definite progress has been made during the off-season.

"When you are in this business because of your passion for motorsport you cannot fail to be excited when the first race is coming around, so we are all looking forward to Australia," he added. "We are optimistic for this weekend, particularly because the second half of winter testing went well and the estimated window of competitiveness has been clearly improving since the tests in Bahrain.

"We are definitely hopeful and willing to fight close to the front. Our goal has to be finishing in the points and fighting for the top six. Based on the facts in front of us it is a realistic target."

 

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