Location: Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Spain Track length: 4.428kms
The final day of Panasonic Toyota Racing's three-day test at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez ended with grey skies and high chances of rain. Although the heavens threatened to bring work to a halt the rain held off allowing Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli to complete the tyre testing programme that was the main focus this week. Next week the team will head to Vallelunga, where the TF106's new aerodynamic package will be introduced.
For the second successive day Jarno Trulli completed more than 100 laps of the Spanish track.
Jarno Trulli – Chassis TF106/01
Best lap time: 1m19.083s
Total laps: 103
Total distance: 456.084kms
"At the moment we are pretty happy about the behaviour of the car. Compared to the others we are not that quick but we know very well that we are going to get a major aerodynamic step next week. We have done good, solid winter testing, especially on the development of the tyres because the switch from one tyre manufacturer to another was our biggest technical challenge. Understanding the best way to run the Bridgestones and which compounds and constructions best suit our car has been quite a complicated process and there is still work to be done, although we have done the major part of the job."
Ralf Schumacher wound up Toyota's final day of testing ahead of next week's new aero package.
Ralf Schumacher – Chassis TF106/02
Best lap time: 1m19.320s
Total laps: 107
Total distance: 473.796kms
"We got through a lot again today because an integral part of tyre testing is experimenting with the car set-up, which includes such things as suspension settings and weight distribution. Quick lap times were never part of the agenda and we were again satisfied with what we learned. Next week we will have the new aero package, which will be interesting."
Test Team Manager Gerd Pfeiffer summarised the week's activity.
"We completed more than 100 laps with both cars today and at this stage of proceedings, with the new season ever closer we have to be very pleased with the level of reliability that we are seeing. In the morning we experimented with the weight distribution and suspension and then we made some good progress with the tyres in the afternoon, when temperatures were more suitable. Next week we will have more performance parts for the car in Italy."