Ricardo Zonta made his testing debut for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this week. The Brazilian took control of the TF102B intermediary car on all days of the three-day session. Meanwhile, his compatriot and ...
Ricardo Zonta made his testing debut for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this week. The Brazilian took control of the TF102B intermediary car on all days of the three-day session. Meanwhile, his compatriot and teammate, Cristiano da Matta, was in action on Monday for his maiden outing in the 2003 car, the TF103. Frequent heavy rain unfortunately restricted on-track action on Monday and Tuesday.
"It's a great opportunity for me to be back in a Formula 1 car with Panasonic Toyota Racing. My first impressions of driving the TF102B car showed me that there is a lot of potential in this package and a lot of power. We have done a lot of work with variable weather this week, in dry, wet and mixed track conditions. I am looking forward to my next test, hopefully in completely dry conditions."
Cristiano da Matta
"I cannot say too much about the test on Monday to be honest. I only did around 20 laps in the new TF103 and in the wet, so the conditions were not optimum to get a full feeling for the car. Having said that from the limited laps I had, I can already feel a big improvement from the last car and I hope to get some proper running in Valencia next week."
Two TF103s will be at the team's disposal at next week's test session in Valencia. Both Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta will be driving throughout the three-day session at Circuit Ricardo Tormo from 28-30 January.
Number of laps: 98
Total distance: 568.69km
Working on: Getting to know the car and the team
Cristiano da Matta
Number of laps: 20
Total distance: 116.06km
Working on: Acquainting himself with the TF103