It was a positive end to a generally productive week at Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team in Valencia today. Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta completed over 140 laps of the Spanish track between them, continuing ...
It was a positive end to a generally productive week at Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the Panasonic Toyota Racing team in Valencia today. Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta completed over 140 laps of the Spanish track between them, continuing evaluation work on new parts.
"I want to say that I am happy with the outcome of this test. We had some small problems here and there but overall the new parts we have tested have given us some good results, especially today. The team has done a great job to achieve an extensive programme with some long days here in Valencia and back at the factory in Cologne, so thanks to everyone in the team for their combined efforts."
Cristiano da Matta
"My car felt better again today and we are going in a positive direction. I exchanged a bit of information with Olivier this morning and I adopted some of his settings. During the day, we continued to thoroughly test several new parts, which brought a real improvement to the overall balance. I have enjoyed my first trip to Valencia. The track is short, but has some nice slow corners, which are particularly good for testing."
With the start of the 2003 Formula 1 season just over a month away, Panasonic Toyota Racing is not wasting any pre-season testing time. The team moves directly from Valencia to Barcelona, where a four-day test session will begin on Sunday 2 February. Cristiano da Matta will drive the TF103 on Sunday and Monday before Olivier Panis takes over at the wheel for the final two days of running at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Olivier Panis - Car No. 20
Best lap time: 1m11.940s, 65 laps completed
Working on: Extensive component testing and aerodynamic set-up
Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Best lap time: 1m12.400s, 78 laps completed
Working on: General car set-up and tyre testing