Toyota Barcelona test notes 2003-01-15

The Panasonic Toyota Racing team completed their second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today with Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta running in the TF103 and the TF102B respectively. While the Frenchman experienced some...

The Panasonic Toyota Racing team completed their second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today with Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta running in the TF103 and the TF102B respectively. While the Frenchman experienced some small problems during the day, his Brazilian teammate completed 95 laps, almost 450 kilometres.

Olivier Panis

"The car continued to show a very promising level of performance but we encountered various problems, which shortened our on-track time. We could not complete as many laps as we expected today and, in that respect, I am not so happy. I am not worried by these difficulties though, they are typical from the first tests you do with a new car and we are effectively carrying out a sort of large shakedown. Everything should be fine for tomorrow."

Cristiano da Matta

"Overall I am extremely pleased with the work we have done today. I have had a much more productive session, probably one of the most effective I had with the team so far. We did some work on mechanical car set-up, as well as some Michelin tyre testing. It feels good to cover so many kilometres, even in the TF102B, to get a real feel for the car and to get to know the track."

Panasonic Toyota Racing will complete their third and final day of this week's test in Barcelona tomorrow with Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta still on testing duties.


Olivier Panis - Car No. 20
Chassis: TF103/02
Best lap time: 1m16.884s, 33 laps completed
Working on: Learning car behaviour and general car set-up


Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Chassis: TF102B
Best lap time: 1m18.124s, 95 laps completed
Working on: Mechanical set-up and Michelin tyre testing

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Toyota Racing