It was a day of mixed fortunes for Panasonic Toyota Racing on the final day of this week's Barcelona test. Cristiano da Matta had another solid day, completing an impressive and generally trouble-free 79 laps. Olivier Panis on the other hand was...
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Panasonic Toyota Racing on the final day of this week's Barcelona test. Cristiano da Matta had another solid day, completing an impressive and generally trouble-free 79 laps. Olivier Panis on the other hand was hindered by technical problems and managed only 27 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya.
"It was a bit annoying that we did so few laps today. We planned on running the same programme working on car set-up and on the reliability of the new engine and gearbox. However, we had a minor hydraulic leak at the end of the morning session, which caused a fire in the car and it took most of the day to fix the problem. When I finally got back on track at the end of the session we had a gearbox problem. I am happy that these difficulties are happening now rather than next year, and for my first test with the team I am very positive."
Cristiano da Matta
"Today I was very happy and the car is feeling much better. Again we focused on completing lots of laps, but we also did some work on traction control and set-up changes, which went well. I feel I have made real progress this week, although there are still some areas to work on and I am looking ahead to next week's Paul Ricard test."
Ove Andersson - Team Principal
"It has been a very useful test. We have found some weaknesses on the new gearbox, and the new rear-end in general. We have also learnt a bit on the aerodynamics that we want to introduce on the TF103, and this session has been very good from that point of view. Cristiano seems to have well-acquainted himself with F1 and showed well considering he was driving a standard TF102, whereas Olivier was in our interim TF102B car. After having worked for the first time with both drivers for three days, we are very, very positive about the result."
Next week sees more on-track action with Olivier Panis returning to the Circuit de Catalunya for a three-day session from 3-5 December. Cristiano da Matta also goes solo next week as he completes a four-day test at Circuit Paul Ricard from 2-5 December.
Best lap time: 1m19.129s
27 laps completed
Cristiano da Matta
Best lap time: 1m20.400s
79 laps completed