It has been a busy time for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France this week. The team's biggest media event of the season took place on Wednesday with the unveiling of 2003 racecar, the TF103. In...
It has been a busy time for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France this week. The team's biggest media event of the season took place on Wednesday with the unveiling of 2003 racecar, the TF103.
In addition, Cristiano da Matta took charge of the TF102B interim car from Tuesday, completing 83 laps over three full days of on-track activity. Olivier Panis, meanwhile, gave the TF103 its maiden outing, managing 70 laps, including some shakedown laps on Tuesday and a total of six laps in front of around 400 media on Wednesday.
"The weather has been mixed all week, and the track was rarely completely dry. I did get some laps in the dry today and my initial impressions of the TF103 are positive, however it is still too early to make any real assessment. Next week's test in Barcelona will definitely give us a clearer understanding. It has been a busy week, and I would like to send my thanks to everyone in the Cologne factory, who worked so hard over Christmas and New Year to get the car ready in time for this test."
Cristiano da Matta
"We struggled a lot with the weather this week with a lot of heavy rain, but it meant I did some runs in both wet and dry conditions. I learned a little bit more about the 102B car, but we did not get as many laps done as I would have liked. The TF103 launch on Wednesday was very good and the new car looks great. I really cannot wait to drive it at Paul Ricard in two weeks' time."
Panasonic Toyota Racing moves to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona next week for a three-day session from 14-16 January. Olivier Panis will again be behind the wheel of the TF103 for its first joint test session, whilst Cristiano da Matta will continue development work in the TF102B.
Number of laps: 70
Total distance: 406.21km
Cristiano da Matta
Number of laps: 83
Total distance: 481.65km