Panis looks ahead to Hungary

Toyota's Olivier Panis looks ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix "After our fantastic result in Hockenheim, where Cristiano and I finished in the points, we go to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend hoping that we can continue that run of form....

Toyota's Olivier Panis looks ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix

"After our fantastic result in Hockenheim, where Cristiano and I finished in the points, we go to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend hoping that we can continue that run of form. We have made a lot of progress with the car over the last few months -- as we proved in Germany -- so I am confident that we can be competitive at each of the last four tracks of the season."

Olivier Panis.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I am really looking forward to getting back into the car at the Hungaroring because I have just had a two-week holiday with my family and feel completely refreshed. We spent the week immediately after Hockenheim in the mountains and the following week by the sea, which the kids loved. The weather was fantastic in both places, so we were outside all the time, and had a really good time together."

"As for the Hungaroring, it's a really slow track, with a lot of similarities to Monaco in the way that we set-up the car. You can't have enough downforce and I know that the team has been in the windtunnel recently, trying to find ways in which to generate even more grip."

"There will be a few changes this year because the track has been re-designed. From the maps I have seen, it looks more interesting from a driver's point of view, but I don't expect it to have a big impact on car set-up, as it will remain a low-speed circuit."

"The Hungaroring is not the best track to race on because it is almost impossible to overtake, but over one lap I find it quite challenging. You are always busy in the cockpit, be it braking or turning the steering wheel, and the high temperatures make it quite a physical challenge too."

"The track surface is always a big variable in Hungary because it is very rarely used away from the grand prix. On Friday it is incredibly dusty and slippery, and you have to be very careful not to spin, but by Sunday there is a lot more grip and the balance of the car is much better. Having said that, the conditions for Friday practice should be better than normal this year because the teams testing on Friday morning will do a lot of running on the track before we even turn a wheel!"

"On the subject of grip, I am sure that Michelin will bring a good tyre for us. They have done an incredible job so far this year and we have found a compound that really suits the TF103. For this reason, I am sure that we will be more competitive at the Hungaroring than we were at Monaco a couple of months ago, where we had set-up problems. We have completely changed the car since then: as well as the tyres, we have a new aero package and a new-spec engine, so I am hopeful that we will be near the top end of the grid."

"Panasonic Toyota Racing lies sixth in the constructors' championship and, while that is great for us, we must keep pushing until the end of the year so that we can learn the maximum amount for next year's car. And, if we do that, I am sure that we will push very hard for fifth place in the championship."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis
Teams Toyota Racing