Following the launch and debut test of its TF103 car last week, the Panasonic Toyota Racing team began a three-day test session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today. Frenchman Olivier Panis lapped the 4.73km Spanish track 34 times during...
Following the launch and debut test of its TF103 car last week, the Panasonic Toyota Racing team began a three-day test session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today. Frenchman Olivier Panis lapped the 4.73km Spanish track 34 times during the day getting to know the new car. Brazilian Cristiano da Matta took charge of the TF102B interim car completing 38 laps in total.
"This is our first test with the new TF103 car at Barcelona, and although we did not complete many laps, what we did was very positive. The most encouraging aspect is that we have found ourselves in a good position with respectable lap times. I already feel confident enough to push the car to the limit. Last week's test at Paul Ricard gave us a good baseline, and today's session gave me a confirmation that the team have done a good job on this car - I can really feel the difference."
Cristiano da Matta
"It is good to be back in Barcelona, but it has been a day of mixed fortunes for us. We set a very packed schedule today with many laps planned. In the end, I managed just 38 laps, even though we had no major problems. Coming back to this track for the first time since my debut test with the team back in November, I already more confident and positive about my work with the car and the team."
Panasonic Toyota Racing continues testing at the Circuit de Catalunya tomorrow. Olivier Panis will again be at the wheel of the TF103, whilst Cristiano da Matta resumes action in the TF102B.
Olivier Panis - Car No. 20
Best lap time: 1m17.066s, 34 laps completed
Working on: Inaugural run at Barcelona, general car set-up.
Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Best lap time: 1m19.092s, 38 laps completed
Working on: Establishing baseline set-up