Today's testing finished off Panasonic Toyota Racing's three day test programme in Jerez. While battling high air and track temperatures, the team was able to prepare for the French Grand Prix taking place next weekend. The first day of testing...
Today's testing finished off Panasonic Toyota Racing's three day test programme in Jerez. While battling high air and track temperatures, the team was able to prepare for the French Grand Prix taking place next weekend.
The first day of testing saw Ricardo Zonta and Olivier Panis covering general test items, while Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli took over their respective TF106B cars, preparing for the Grand Prix and driving them for the first time in Jerez.
Since winter testing, the last time the team visited the Circuito Permanente De Jerez in February, the TF106 has undergone continuous development and the team hopes this will help them vie for points at Magny-Cours.
"It's been an extremely two hot days of testing for me and the guys in the garage. It's not so much a problem when I am driving because the wind cools you down - but it's hard when you're in the garage as the heat is unbearable, so the guys did an outstanding job in these conditions."
"We don't find this kind of heat everywhere we go, but it's good to test in extreme conditions because they give us a chance to learn things particularly on cooling, tyre wear and degradation. Besides this, we mainly concentrated here on tyre testing for next week's French Grand Prix."
"It was a long hot day in the car today. I tried to work on long runs in the morning to test the tyres for Magny-Cours, but my engine needed to be changed out and therefore I had to do them in the afternoon. Other than that, I did some general set-up work. I am really starting to get a clear understanding of the car now."
"Everything is slowly getting better - the tyres, the chassis, the set-up. Overall, the team is still working hard to work on the reliability of the car but I am sure that we will be able to end the season on a high note. It just takes patience."
Gerd Pfeiffer, Test Team Manager:
"Today did not run as smoothly as yesterday because we had to change out engines on both cars. We were running pretty hard and working on specific test items, so these changes were expected, yet we lost some time during the day."
"Nevertheless, we were able to complete the preparations for Magny-Cours and made our tyre choice based on the data from today and yesterday. In two weeks time we test here again in Jerez and we will only be concentrating on tyres for the coming races, as this will be the last test before the summer break."
Best lap time: 1m18.921s
Total laps: 86
Total distance: 380.808kms
Best lap time: 1m19.242s
Total laps: 88
Total distance: 389.664kms