MORE OF THE SAME
Panasonic Toyota Racing welcomed race driver Ralf Schumacher back to the car on the second day of testing at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez in Spain today. Schumacher joined Kamui Kobayashi, a member of the Toyota Young Driver Programme, behind the wheel on a cloudy but dry day in southern Spain.
Schumacher resumed where he left off in Barcelona last week, putting the 2007 Bridgestone tyres through their paces and helping the team find the optimum set-up. Kobayashi worked hard for the team too on just his second day of testing in a Formula 1 car, having made his debut last week. The 20-year-old continued to gain confidence in the car and improved his lap times as the day wore on, as well as gathering useful information for the team.
"Today was all right even though the conditions were not great on the track. I found the new tyres more difficult here than at Barcelona last week - there was very low grip everywhere. We went through a few set-up options and changed a few things. Now we have to figure out the best set-up for these tyres. But I was able to set competitive lap times all day so that is always pleasing."
"I am quite pleased with my performance today. It was only my second day of testing so I am still learning about a Formula 1 car. There were one or two breaks in the day when the team was working on the car and that was quite difficult for me as I would prefer to be out on the track. However, I did quite a bit of running and I am happy that I got faster and faster during the afternoon, and I set a pretty good lap at the end of the day."
Dieter Gass, Chief Engineer Race and Test:
"Today we did a lot of set-up work with Ralf in order to continue to get a clear understanding of the 2007 tyre generation from Bridgestone. We learnt quite a few things with the changes that we made so we are happy with that."
"Kamui, like Kohei Hirate yesterday, did a day of solid running, without mistakes, on his second day in the car and had a run with quick and consistent lap times at the end of the day. Unfortunately both drivers' days were interrupted at times with some reliability issues which we will have to continue working on."
Best Lap Time: 1m20.024s
Total laps: 70
Total distance: 309.9kms
Best Lap Time: 1m21.292s
Total laps: 53
Total distance: 234.7kms