Panasonic Toyota Racing returned to the track today for the second day of the week’s test programme at Silverstone with Jarno Trulli taking over from Ralf Schumacher in the cockpit. He spent the morning continuing the set-up work for next month’s British Grand Prix and also did some work on the engine and other systems. The team changed the suspension settings in the afternoon so Jarno missed some track time. Then, just as he was returning to action the British weather intervened. The track had remained dry for most of the day until a heavy shower midway through the afternoon. After a further delay Jarno was able to return to the track for half an hour of further running and he ended with the day’s fastest lap. The team will return to Silverstone tomorrow with Jarno again at the helm.
Jarno Trulli – Chassis TF107/03
Best lap time: 1m 21.420s
Total laps: 49
Total distance: 251.9km
"In general it was a positive day even though it’s difficult to judge comparative performance because it’s always very windy here. The morning went pretty well for us testing set-up and tyres and I felt pretty comfortable with the car. Then we change the suspension settings so we lost some time around the lunch break. After the rain in the afternoon we only had about a half an hour more of meaningful work. But this was just typical of the problems that we can face during testing. Overall the running I have been able to complete has been good so I would say that we are in reasonable shape here."
Gerd Pfeiffer, Test Team Manager
"That was a day of various interruptions and the running was limited as a result. We had a similar programme to yesterday, concentrating primarily on set-up work for next month’s British Grand Prix. Jarno took over from Ralf and had another positive morning, despite a number of r ed flags. Early in the afternoon there was a delay as we changed the suspension settings. Then the rain arrived just as we were hoping to go out again. The problem was made worse by the fact that it would be raining at some parts of the circuit and not at others. At least we did not have any issues with reliability on the track. Jarno will return to the cockpit tomorrow as we look to finish the test with a positive day."