Panasonic Toyota Racing has concluded a highly beneficial three-day test in Italy and Britain today, despite some small problems during today's session. Olivier Panis ended his two days in Monza, completing 49 laps in addition to the 91 from ...
Panasonic Toyota Racing has concluded a highly beneficial three-day test in Italy and Britain today, despite some small problems during today's session. Olivier Panis ended his two days in Monza, completing 49 laps in addition to the 91 from yesterday. Brazilian third driver Ricardo Zonta, meanwhile, continued the programme started by Cristiano da Matta in Silverstone, working on Michelin tyres, aero parts and set-up.
Olivier Panis: (Monza)
"We only managed 49 laps today, which was a shame because we had a big programme planned and we were unable to complete most of it due to some technical problems. Nevertheless over the last two days we have made some good progress for Canada, particularly with the new engine, which is going very well. It is difficult to know where we are compared to the others, we have to wait until we are in Montreal to know fully, but I am quite positive and looking forward to it."
Ricardo Zonta: (Silverstone)
"The car feels very good around Silverstone. We did a lot of work today in preparation for the British Grand Prix in a couple of weeks, and we also worked on improving the balance of the car to suit my driving. We did some tyre tests and the car has a very good grip level on new tyres. We were unlucky to have some mechanical problems at the end of the session, which shortened our running time by an hour. As a result, we couldn't quite finish our tyre test, which meant we didn't have the possibility to improve our lap time."
The team flies to Canada on Tuesday for next week's Canadian Grand Prix - round 8 of the 2003 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Best lap time: 1m24.040s, 49 laps completed
Working on: Dampers, Michelin tyres, continuation of new spec engine test
Best lap time: 1m22.594s, 51 laps completed
Working on: Car balance, Michelin tyre tests, aerodynamics