Jarno Trulli fears that Toyota could be in for another hard weekend at the Italian Grand Prix, despite third driver Ricardo Zonta topping the times in Friday practice
Zonta edged out pre-race favourites Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen by more than one second - but it was not enough to leave Trulli feeling any more confident about their chances.
Like teammate Ralf Schumacher, Trulli skipped most of the morning session because the team had gained a lot of data from last week's test. In the second session he was eighth fastest, with Schumacher 14th.
Trulli said: "After the test here last week, we feel quite prepared for the weekend, so we were able to run slightly less than usual.
"The challenge at Monza is to find a compromise between straight-line speed and grip. We didn't look particularly quick at the test so it could be a tough weekend but the car felt okay today so we'll do our best to score points."
Schumacher added: "That was a trouble-free day for us, and we completed all the work we needed for the weekend. We were able to miss most of the morning session because of the data we collected at our test here at Monza last week.
"But it has all gone well so far, and the balance felt okay today. We will be putting in our usual efforts for a points finish on Sunday."
As well as Zonta's encouraging laptime, the Brazilian was hopeful that he had made progress with the set-up of the TF105,
"I wasn't quite happy with the car in the morning because it was difficult to get any grip," he said. "The track wasn't particularly dirty and it was similar to last week's test. But we improved the car a lot for the second practice.
"We found something good on the tyres, too. We know that this could be a difficult track for us, but we've made good progress today."
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