Ralf Says Toyota Look Competitive

Ralf Schumacher says his Toyota team are looking competitive this weekend after the Japanese squad finished quickest overall in Friday's practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix

Ralf Says Toyota Look Competitive

Brazilian Ricardo Zonta, one of four drivers allowed to run on Fridays only, lapped the Sepang circuit in 1:34.092 in opening practice to finish quickest on the day.

Schumacher, meanwhile, had an encouraging second session, in which he posted the fifth fastest time.

"I think we had a reasonable first day here in Malaysia. We went through all that we needed to and we were able to make our tyre choice," explained Schumacher. "I am quite happy with the car balance, although there are still some areas on which we still need to work and improve.

"Generally, I think we are looking quite competitive this weekend."

Toyota are aiming to bounce back from a disappointing Australian Grand Prix in which they failed to score any points. Italy's Jarno Trulli, who in Melbourne started from the front row of the grid, was 11th quickest today.

"In this morning's session, I only completed a few laps in order to conserve my engine based on the fact that I did a lot of mileage in Melbourne," said Trulli. "In the second session, I had some electronic problems, which limited running.

"When I was out on track, I encountered traffic, so it is difficult for me to get a clear indication on performance. Looking at the times set by Ralf and Ricardo, I am in a positive frame of mind for the rest of the weekend."

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