Timo Glock took second place at last Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, a result which allowed him to step onto the podium for the first time this season.
The German's performance marked the Toyota team's third podium finish of the year following those recorded by Jarno Trulli
in Australia and Bahrain early in the season, when the Italian claimed third place on both occasions.
"It was a fantastic result and in particular it was great for the whole team who have worked so hard all year," Glock said of Toyota's Singapore performance, the best so far of the 2009 championship. "We have fought as hard as possible and the guys have given everything so I was really happy for them to get back on the podium."
The penalties given to Williams' Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel played their part in clearing the way. Toyota strategists considered the possibilities at hand while Glock continued to push on the city-state's urban circuit.
"I was just concentrating really hard on maintaining my lap times and not making any mistakes," Glock reported. "On a street circuit like this it is easy to make mistakes but I kept focused and stuck to our strategy. At the first pit stops it was clear a podium was a real possibility and the pit crew did a great job at my stops; we lost no time."
Another major factor in Singapore was the massive amount of humidity weighing down on the drivers, sitting in a rapidly heating cockpit and working hard on one of Formula One's most physically demanding tracks.
"The humidity is more of a problem than the heat because it just feels like you are constantly sweating," Glock explained. "You need to drink a lot of fluids and try to cool down whenever you get the chance otherwise you overheat. In the race it was just unbelievable; my gloves were completely wet!
"But when you are behind the wheel you don't really think about it: you just focus on pushing as hard as possible."
The next Grand Prix takes place this weekend in Japan; Toyota is hoping that the upgrades brought to the TF109 in Singapore will prove just as effective for their home race.
"As soon as we put them on the car for first practice (in Singapore) they were working fine which was already a good sign considering it's no longer possible to test new parts on the track before a race weekend," Glock said.
"I think we got some extra performance from the new package and now I am interested to see how it will work for Suzuka."