Panasonic Toyota Racing's recent run of fine form continued in Monza today with the team's ninth top ten qualifying result of the season. Mika Salo will start from 10th on the grid for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix, whilst team-mate Allan McNish...
Panasonic Toyota Racing's recent run of fine form continued in Monza today with the team's ninth top ten qualifying result of the season. Mika Salo will start from 10th on the grid for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix, whilst team-mate Allan McNish will start from 13th.
"I was expecting a bit of a higher qualifying position. With a full tank of fuel the car has been really quick and consistent all weekend and it seems that when we drop the fuel level, it is not as good. I am a little disappointed but at the end of the day 10th at Monza is a very good place to start. I am confident for the race tomorrow. We should have a good race car."
"A pretty good qualifying session. Overall the car was quite consistent and we didn't make that many changes from this morning's sessions, just some fine tuning. I think we could have squeezed a bit more out of the car, so I am a bit frustrated. We found we could go a bit quicker on the second flying lap than we could on the first, so we adopted a four-lap philosophy. Unfortunately it didn't quite work for me on the last flying lap, but I am looking forward to a good race tomorrow."
Keizo Takahashi - Technical Co-Ordinator
"We have not yet found the perfect set-up on the TF102s, but both drivers performed very well in qualifying. Tomorrow, for the first time, we will use our new spec engine in the race and hope to use the high power and reliability to good effect. Clearly our aim is to finish the race, but also to make up places when and where we can."
Mika Salo - Car No. 24
Position: 10th, 1m22.318s
12/12 laps completed
Allan McNish - Car No. 25
Position: 13th, 1m22.521s
10/12 laps completed