The final Panasonic Toyota Racing test session of 2002 drew to a close today as Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta ended a four-day session at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Wet weather conditions throughout the test meant that work revolved ...
The final Panasonic Toyota Racing test session of 2002 drew to a close today as Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta ended a four-day session at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Wet weather conditions throughout the test meant that work revolved around testing Michelin rain tyres, wet weather car set-up and engine mapping. Brazilian Da Matta took charge of the TF102 on all days, whilst Frenchman Panis completed 1,311 km in the interim TF102B car.
"I want to say that we have managed a lot this week. It has been wet weather for most of the session and we carried out a lot of work, including a mini tyre test for Michelin, in the wet conditions. I feel that we have done a good job and completed good mileage. Today the track was still damp and we did some work on electronic systems which went well. We are making good progress and I am looking forward to testing the TF103 in January."
Cristiano da Matta
"I have not done as many laps as I wanted to because we had some small problems this week, which we need to cure. On a positive note it is good we are having these difficulties now rather than next season. I have been full throttle all this year, so it will be good to have a three-week holiday. It will be more than enough to recharge my batteries and I am looking forward to getting started again in January."
Both Panis and Da Matta resume testing after the Christmas break, but the opening chapter of Panasonic Toyota Racing's 2003 season begins at Circuit Paul Ricard on 8 January when the team will unveil its 2003 race car, the TF103.
226 laps completed
Total Distance Completed: 1,311 kilometres
Cristiano da Matta
167 laps completed
Total Distance Completed: 969 kilometres