Platzhalter Motorsport

Panasonic Toyota Racing

Barcelona Test: Round-Up

Location: Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Drivers: Jarno Trulli; Olivier Panis
Track Length: 4.627kms

Ricardo Zonta Best lap: 1m14.696s, total laps: 197 Jarno Trulli Best lap: 1m15.131s, total laps: 206 Olivier Panis Best lap: 1m15.534s, total laps: 201

Today's track activities in Barcelona concluded Panasonic Toyota Racing's testing programme. Jarno Trulli and Olivier Panis worked on the final preparations for the Silverstone Grand Prix. Both drivers put in a combined 842 kilometres to collect important data to finalize the race set-up and tyre choice.

Jarno Trulli - Chassis TF106/06B
Best lap time: 1m15.010s
Total laps: 104
Total distance: 481.208kms
"At this test, the new car is showing potential and we have been working on finding a better balance and perfect set-up for me. The tyres we have been using are getting better as well. Of course there is still work to do and the Silverstone set-up will be much different than in Monaco, therefore we will have to wait and see how the B-car does on a high-speed track. Even though we have not yet tested at Silverstone this year, I think the race will be a tough fight and we are definitely going to be pushing hard to gain some points."

Olivier Panis - Chassis TF106/05
Best lap time: 1m16.532s
Total laps: 78
Total distance: 360.906kms
"Main focus today was on doing some long runs, however I felt some minor vibrations on the car and it took up a lot of time trying different set-ups before the car felt good to drive. This is normal during testing and we strive to make sure the car has a perfect package before heading into the next grand prix. Overall the team worked hard and we were still able to finish some launches, tyre construction and software comparisons."

Test Team Manager, Gerd Pfeiffer:
"Our test here at the Circuit de Catalunya has allowed us to simulate some race characteristics of Silverstone. In terms of aerodynamics and tyres, Silverstone is similar to Barcelona in that there are many long, high-speed corners. Because of this, Silverstone is demanding for the drivers and we therefore worked hard this week to make sure the cars are set-up to give the drivers the confidence they need to push during the race."