Toyota Jerez test notes 2003-02-28

Panasonic Toyota Racing concluded their third and final day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez today, and reached the end of pre-season preparations before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next 9 March. Cristiano da Matta ended the team's ...

Panasonic Toyota Racing concluded their third and final day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez today, and reached the end of pre-season preparations before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next 9 March. Cristiano da Matta ended the team's winter testing effort on a positive note, managing 67 laps of the Spanish track with a best time of 1m18.97s.

Cristiano da Matta:

"We had a good session today and we managed to work extensively on different areas of the car. I was happy to be back in the TF103 for my last day of testing this week, and it was good to get a feeling for it again. I completed over 2000kms with the new car since early January and I feel really positive about it. The team gave me the chance to experience several different tracks, I learnt as much as possible from everything, but I think you never feel completely ready anyway. Now I am really looking forward to the race one week away and to get into it for real!"

Panasonic Toyota Racing will enter its second FIA Formula world championship on Sunday, 9 March, in Melbourne, Australia. While cars and equipment already left the Cologne headquarters yesterday, the team will be flying this weekend to start setting-up at the Albert Park circuit as soon as Monday morning.


Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Chassis: TF103/01
Best lap time: 1m18.97s, 67 laps completed
Working on: general car development and set-up, tyre testing

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Cristiano da Matta
Teams Toyota Racing