Today turned out to be another mixed day for Panasonic Toyota Racing. After having suffered engine-related problems on Ricardo Zonta's car yesterday, the team needed to rebuild the car for race driver Jarno Trulli. Unfortunately the work on the...
Today turned out to be another mixed day for Panasonic Toyota Racing. After having suffered engine-related problems on Ricardo Zonta's car yesterday, the team needed to rebuild the car for race driver Jarno Trulli. Unfortunately the work on the car prevented Jarno from starting today's testing until lunchtime.
Ralf Schumacher however started the day normally and was able to finish his test programme as planned. Both drivers will now head to the team's second 'home' race of the season in hopes of improving their position in the championship. The test team will enjoy a summer break until the end August, when the team will head to Monza to resume testing.
"We were concentrating on finishing our tyre programme and some general set-up work for the coming races. I especially wanted to get in as much running as possible as this is the last test before the summer break. My car needed to be worked on half way through the day, so we lost some laps, but in the end, the day was successful and we worked through a lot of different possibilities for the next races."
"Unfortunately I did not get to accomplish much today. For the few hours that I was running, I just did some long runs to collect data for the tyre choice. I am however quite confident that the tyres are doing well in these hot temperatures. Hopefully we can take advantage of this at Hockenheim and Hungary."
Gerd Pfeiffer, Test Team Manager:
"This was a long, tough week for the entire team. Although we had a very good start on Wednesday, yesterday turned out to somewhat challenging after having lost the usage of Ricardo's car. We are really pleased with Olivier's work and how much he got through. We can definitely use all the data he collected to help make future tyre choices."
"Ralf and Jarno also had challenging days today. Jarno had a delay in the morning due to work on his car, while Ralf did his best to make use of the test day, even though some test items needed to be changed out of his car. All in all, I think the team did a good job considering the circumstances and the results that we have found will be useful."
Best lap time: 1m19.083s
Total laps: 95
Total distance: 420.66kms
Best lap time: 1m19.955s
Total laps: 54
Total distance: 239.112kms