Monza track talk with Toyota

Track Talk - Italy Humphrey Corbett, Race Engineer Car 20 (Olivier Panis) "Monza is the fastest track of the season and at almost six kilometres in length is one of the longest laps on the calendar." "The track is essentially a series of long,...

Track Talk - Italy
Humphrey Corbett, Race Engineer Car 20 (Olivier Panis)

"Monza is the fastest track of the season and at almost six kilometres in length is one of the longest laps on the calendar."

"The track is essentially a series of long, fast straights, interlinked with kerbed chicanes, which throws up a unique challenge for a race engineer. We will have to find the best combination of low downforce levels, good mechanical grip and traction to make sure the car is competitive during each sector of the lap, rather than simply fast down the straights or quick through the chicanes."

Olivier Panis.
Photo by Elmar Vat.
"The TF103s will need a compromise of low downforce. We cannot run so little wing that the car is fast along the straights, but subsequently unstable over the kerbs and slow though the Parabolica and the two Lesmo corners."

"At last week's three-day test in Monza, we tried a mixture of downforce levels, both low and high-ish, which resulted in very similar lap times. It is actually more important to run very low downforce in the race to prevent other cars from overtaking down the straights."

"The car needs to run smoothly over the kerbs, which will be very hard on brakes, but the long straights aid cooling, so it should not be too much of an issue for us this weekend. Good traction out of the chicanes will be critical in order to get back up to speed quickly to gain valuable time in qualifying and hopefully to assist overtaking in the race."

"We must be careful with tyre temperatures and pressures this weekend due to the high-speed nature of the circuit. We will see higher than normal pressures and lower than normal cambers, so we will keep a close eye on this area throughout the weekend."

"We'll be at about 75% full throttle over the lap, so it will be tough on the engine, but the performance of our RVX-03 has been good so far this season. I can only hope that trend continues in Monza."

-toyota-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis