Testing continued today for Panasonic Toyota Racing at the Silverstone circuit. Overcast skies in the morning gave way to sunshine in the late afternoon. The team took advantage of the somewhat decent Silverstone weather to work on tyre comparisons for the overseas races.
Race driver Ralf Schumacher began his set-up preparations for the final grands prix, while Franck Montagny filled in for Ricardo Zonta, who was not feeling well. Tomorrow will see Ralf Schumacher at the wheel joined by test driver Olivier Panis.
"We had a mixed day today. In the morning I was able to get some good running in, but we had some issues with the engine in the afternoon. The team worked on it and I was able to go back out, but my test day finished early when the engine failed before the end of the session. This was something we were testing and although we lost some time due to this, we will try to make up for it tomorrow. I hope to finish testing some tyre compounds and find the right balance for the next races."
"We wanted to do some tyre evaluations in the morning but it was a little too cold for us to get some relevant data. For me, it seems that the car is quite sensitive to different weather conditions and this I could definitely feel in comparison to yesterday. Therefore, I found it difficult to find a good set-up in the morning."
"However, we did finally find the right balance, got through some tyre testing and I think we found a good choice. I had one little spin out due to a mechanical failure on my car and then we lost some time repairing this, but I think we had a productive day in the end. I would be happy to return and drive again for the team, once we have signed a contract for me to take over testing duties."
Gerd Pfeiffer - Test Team Manager:
"The track conditions were quite cool this morning, but we were happy that the afternoon turned out better allowing us to get in some good tyre comparison results. We were glad to have Franck join us for another day of testing on such short notice. I think he has made a positive impact over these two days and are grateful for his help in preparing the cars."
"Ralf's day was a bit more challenging. He got in some good running in the morning, but his car suffered an engine failure, ending his day earlier than planned. Tomorrow we hope to finish off the rest of our test program before the team heads out to the races."
Best Lap Time: 1m21.125s
Total laps: 50
Total Distance: 257.05km
Best Lap Time: 1m20.620s
Total laps: 92
Total Distance: 427.927km