Toyota Confident of Bouncing Back

Toyota are confident that the team can bounce back from their drop of form at the San Marino Grand Prix and make a swift return to the pace that has helped Jarno Trulli grab two podium finishes already this season

Toyota Confident of Bouncing Back

The Japanese manufacturer readily admitted before the weekend that the Imola circuit was likely to be their most difficult of the season, with Toyota cars traditionally struggling to cope with the kind of kerbs experienced at the track.

Although Trulli was able to run as high as third place in the early stages of the race, he eventually dropped down the order to finish seventh after struggling with oversteer. He had suffered a similar drop down the field in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Toyota president John Howett is adamant, however, that the team were encouraged by their relative competitiveness at Imola - and that the team will be back in the hunt for podium finishes.

"I think it was fairly positive," said Howett looking back on the weekend. "It is one of the worst tracks we face during the season so we were not as competitive as we have been at other tracks.

"Other people were more competitive than we have been, so I think we need to look at the next couple of races and keep pushing hard.

"Relative to the other Bridgestone runners, I think with Williams we seem to be in the same position and BAR seem to have found a good set-up for here, but I am still  confident that with different track conditions we can probably show the same pace we had earlier in the season."

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