The weather continued to dominate proceedings at Barcelona on the second day of this week’s test programme for Panasonic Toyota Racing. There was again rain before the start of the day’s running and regular showers after that ensured that most of the action took place on a wet track. The 2008 restrictions on testing mileage and tyres mean that most teams did not do much morning running and Toyota was no exception. Conditions improved in the afternoon and Jarno Trulli finished with 46 laps of set-up and aerodynamics work. Timo Glock’s track time was even more limited, putting in a single installation lap in the morning before some longer set-up runs in the afternoon. Timo will return to the track in hope of a better day’s testing tomorrow alongside third driver Kamui Kobayashi.
Timo Glock – Chassis TF108-01
Best lap time: 1m 32.407s
Total laps: 33
Total distance: 153.6km
"That was only half a day’s work for me today because the morning was too wet for us to gain anything from testing. In the afternoon we did some running in the wet conditions – first on heavy wet tyres, changing to standard wet tyres. The track conditions changed quite a lot as the track dried out but not enough. It was difficult to draw conclusions but we found a similar picture to the dry which will help us define where we concentrate our work. We have a few more days of testing to work out how to move forward so we will push hard."
Jarno Trulli – Chassis TF108-04
Best lap time: 1m 32.571s
Total laps: 46
Total distance: 214.1km
"It was another difficult day for testing so we just collected some data in order to understand how the car works in this type of weather. The positive thing is that we were able to learn about the tyre warm-up behaviour in these conditions. I’m returning to test here next week so hopefully we’ll have better weather then. We have plenty of work ahead but when the conditions are normal I do feel we can be competitive."
Dieter Gass, Chief Engineer Race and Test
"This has been another day when we have been at the mercy of the weather. We were again limited for the running we were able to do because of the tyre situation. We completed some more mileage in the afternoon with both cars – Jarno doing aero work and Timo concentrating on set-up. But it is still difficult to assess data from this kind of running. We hope the weather should be better tomorrow but we will have to see how long it takes for the track to dry out."