Circuit de Catalunya Gustav Brunner - Toyota's Chief Designer "The Circuit de Catalunya is one of the more technically challenging tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. Over the 4.73-kilometre lap, the car and driver encounter one long fast...
Circuit de Catalunya
Gustav Brunner - Toyota's Chief Designer
"The Circuit de Catalunya is one of the more technically challenging tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. Over the 4.73-kilometre lap, the car and driver encounter one long fast straight, some very quick corners, as well as some second gear turns, which overall result in a medium/high downforce set-up on the car."
"In terms of the car itself, aerodynamic efficiency is important. One characteristic of the circuit is the high grip from the asphalt, which leads to a high tyre degradation, so it is important to find a set up on the TF103 which avoids oversteer."
"With the new rules offering a more mixed grid than previously, we should be in for an exciting race this weekend. Unlike Imola, the Circuit de Catalunya offers some excellent overtaking opportunities, most notably into the first corner, where we will certainly see some opening lap action on Sunday afternoon."
"Like most teams and drivers, we have completed a massive amount of testing in Barcelona. Olivier and Cristiano have completed over 3,500 kilometres in the TF103s at this circuit since January and we should be quite optimistic, although every team has so much knowledge and experience of this track that any irregularities in our performance will be stressed."
"Most teams will find the optimum set-up on their cars very quickly on Friday morning, and we have to do exactly that with the TF103s if we want to keep on the pace throughout the weekend."
"The Michelin tyres have been competitive so far this season, and I am sure we will see good things from them again this weekend. We have worked very closely with them at Barcelona test sessions in order to find a competitive tyre and our evaluations have given good results."
"After the last race in Imola, where both cars made it to the finish line, we appear to have rediscovered our reliability, which is particularly important at such a driven track like Barcelona. In pre-season testing, we occasionally found ourselves at the top of the timesheets, and whilst these times were not too representative of overall performance, we should be encouraged by this initial pace and look to rediscover the potential of the TF103s this weekend."