Exclusive - Trulli and Schumacher on 2007 28 Nov 2007
The 2007 season must have left Toyota wondering just when their big break will come. Six years into their Formula One adventure the Japanese squad gleaned 13 world championship points - 22 less than last year and only 11 more than they managed in their debut season.
For Ralf Schumacher in particular the TF107s troubles made for a difficult swansong to his Toyota career. Here he, and Jarno Trulli, evaluate 2007
Jarno Trulli, Toyota
Championship position: 13th (8 points)
Best race result: 6th (x1), Best qualifying: 6th (x1)
It has been a very difficult season, not just for me but for the whole team. Obviously we had higher targets than the results we have achieved. The team has worked hard and I have pushed as hard as possible but unfortunately the results have simply not been there. Its quite easy to pick the high points of the year for me. My great performance in Bahrain got me seventh place but it felt like a victory because I was fighting the whole race with other cars and I had to battle hard to make up positions because we didnt have the top speed.
Also, the US Grand Prix was my best result of the season (sixth) and that was an incredible result because before the race I really didnt expect to finish so high. But I really pushed in the race and the team got everything right. Unfortunately we have also had some hard weekends when we have not got the results we expected. The Japanese Grand Prix was probably the most disappointing because we had high hopes, with a new package and all our home fans watching. The rain didnt help but it was the same for everyone and we saw from other teams results that it provided an opportunity to get a good result, which we missed.
Ralf Schumacher, Toyota
Championship position: 16th (5 points)
Best race result: 6th (x1), Best qualifying: 5th (x1)
You can see from the championship table that we have not had the kind of results we were expecting this year, so it has been tough and disappointing for everyone in the team. Looking back at the season, there were not many high points for us really but the Hungarian Grand Prix was my best result of the season. I think Budapest was my most competitive race as we were challenging to finish even higher than sixth and the car felt really good.
On the other hand, we have had several disappointing races and the Japanese Grand Prix was a particularly frustrating weekend because we had a lot of supporters watching us and we could not get the result we hoped for. Also, I must say it was disappointing to retire at the Nurburgring after the collision with Nick Heidfeld because it looked like we could score good points there. That was a similar story at Silverstone when we were looking very competitive but I did not finish the race because of a technical problem.