Ralf expects another strong weekend

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Ralf Schumacher is confident that he will maintain his recent strong form at the Nurburgring after breaking into the top five in second practice.

The German had been seventh in the morning, and then lapped just 0.329s off Kimi Raikkonen's benchmark pace later on.

"I am pretty happy with the work we did, and especially with our lap times," Schumacher said.

"In the last few races we have changed a few things with our set-up and that has helped.

"My pace was quite competitive in France and Silverstone, even if the results were not there, and that seems to apply to this circuit as well.

"We worked on the car set-up, as well as understanding the tyres on this track, and everything went well."

Having qualified a season-best sixth at Silverstone a fortnight ago, Schumacher is determined to grab another good grid spot for his home race.

"We are pushing very hard and my target for tomorrow is to get into Q3 again, which will give us the opportunity to fight for points," he said.

"We will work on the car before qualifying and I am feeling optimistic.”

His team-mate Jarno Trulli was right behind Schumacher in sixth, and felt he would have been further up had he not hit traffic at the end of practice two.

"You can see from our lap times that I was really competitive today," he said.

"It’s a shame that in the end I had traffic on my quickest lap in P2, so I lost a bit of time – otherwise I could have been even faster and further up the results.

"But nevertheless it is important that we are going in the right direction and making progress.

"We want to score points in every race this year so we want a good result this weekend for everyone at the team, especially as this is a home race for us."