Mixed day for Toyota drivers
19 October 2007 – Panasonic Toyota Racing today kicked off its preparations for the last race of the 2007 F1 season with a busy day's work at the Interlagos circuit. Following overnight showers in Sao Paulo the morning began in damp, grey conditions with further rain for much of the first session. The track dried out during the afternoon and both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli had busy days of running, ending the afternoon 11th and 16th fastest respectively.
Ralf Schumacher commented on his start in Brazil: "It was an exciting day of practice because we had every kind of track condition, starting off wet and then ending up dry. But everything went well today so we can be happy with what we have achieved. The organisers have done a really good job with the new tarmac - it's very smooth and there are no more bumps. This is my last race for Toyota and I'm pushing as hard as I can for a decent result both for myself and for the team."
Jarno Trulli was less positive about his day. He commented: "From the start of the first session the car wasn't as I wanted it so that was a difficult day for me. We will have to look into why that is because it seems we have a few problems. It is not really a question of balance but it is more that we haven't been able to make the tyres work properly. So it has not been a particularly good day. The new track surface is very good so they have done a good job. The bumps which were always a problem at this track in the past have been removed and it is a big improvement. It's been a long time since my last result so I am determined to go home happy on Sunday. For that we need to score some points."