Testing continued on a busy track in Barcelona for Panasonic Toyota Racing, with drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli turning laps in their race specification cars. With preparations underway for the upcoming races, the team's test schedule focused on tyre and aerodynamic work, as well as pit entry practice. Jarno had a delay in the morning yet both drivers were able to put in constructive days. Tomorrow the team will once again be in action with Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli at the wheel.
STEP BY STEP
Finally back in Europe after an extended stay in Australia, Jarno Trulli was on track resuming race preparations.
Jarno Trulli - Chassis TF106/03
Best lap time: 1m14.522s
Total laps: 81
Total distance: 328.517kms
"To be honest, I am happy with today's running here, even although I had some issues with the car in the morning. We have improved the tyres and the car set-up a lot since the first two races, and finally as a result this is fitting my driving style. This is a huge improvement for me and today's results show that we are moving ahead. We still have a lot to work on, but everything has to go step by step. The team has worked hard to find the optimal solutions and I am confident that for myself I have found a good direction and that the tyres are working better with our car."
BACK IN TOWN
This was Ralf Schumacher's first day back in the car since his third place podium in Australia.
Ralf Schumacher - Chassis TF106/01
Best lap time: 1m15.410s
Total laps: 73
Total distance: 337.771kms
"Today was relatively successful, as we got through our test programme as planned without any big problems. We concentrated on tyre testing and some set-up work for Imola and the coming races. The track was busy with many cars, but in decent condition and this is similar to what we could have in Imola. In general, we have learned a lot about the tyres and the car and therefore we are working on doing our best with the package that we have. Tomorrow we will focus on long-runs and tyre testing."
AT THE END OF THE DAY
Chief Engineer Race and Test, Dieter Gass is positive about the team's progress.
"We had a very good day and found some interesting tyres. From today's runs we have also been able to confirm our previous tyre choices, which is a positive step for us. Although we had some issues during the day, we managed to finish the whole test programme that we had planned with both cars - mainly working on aerodynamics, set-up and tyres. Looking forward we are pleased with the progress and will continue working hard to the results we are aiming for."