Putting the disappointment of the Italian Grand Prix behind them, the Panasonic Toyota Racing team has begun the penultimate week of this season's testing in Spain today.
Cristiano da Matta commenced a two-day session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, whilst third driver Ricardo Zonta has been testing in Jerez for the first of four days at the 4.428km track.
Olivier Panis, meanwhile, will conduct a sole test day at Circuit Paul Ricard to conclude a busy week of testing on Friday.
Barcelona Test – Day 1
Cristiano da Matta
Best lap time: 1m17.867s, 102 laps completed
Working on: General set-up work for Indianapolis and Suzuka
"For the first of my two days in Barcelona this week, we completed a massive number of laps with no real problems. As usual with testing, we are putting all of our efforts into preparing ourselves as well as possible for the upcoming races. I have never driven at either Indianapolis or Suzuka and they are the final races of the season, so our testing work this week will be very important."
Weather: Bright and sunny. Maximum air temperature: 30°C.
Track: Dry at all times. Maximum track temperature: 36°C.
Jerez Test – Day 1
Best lap time: 1m21.113s, 75 laps completed
Working on: Baseline runs and set-up work
"I haven't driven at Jerez for almost three years, so I have spent some time this morning reacquainting myself with the track. We have managed quite a few laps today, concentrating on car set-up and more long-term development work, whilst Cristiano is over in Barcelona today and tomorrow doing work specifically for the last two races of the season in Indianapolis and Suzuka."
Weather: Bright and sunny. Maximum air temperature: 32°C.
Track: Dry at all times. Maximum track temperature: 45°C.
26-28 September 2003 – United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway