While the race team was flying back from the United States Grand Prix, the Panasonic Toyota Racing test team today started a three-day session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain with test drivers Ryan Briscoe and Stéphane Sarrazin. Ryan conducted a data acquisition programme on the standard TF102, while Stéphane gave a second outing to the TF102B, the team's intermediary car, which incorporates next season's RVX-03 engine and a new seven-speed gearbox.
Best lap time: 1m.20.784s, 58 laps completed
"I am very happy with the work we have done today. Our objective was to continue to put more mileage under our belt with the TF102B and to try various aerodynamic elements. We went through our programme without any problems and the car felt good to drive. This is a promising start to our three-day test and we will continue working in the same direction tomorrow."
Best lap time: 1m.22.008s, 55 laps completed
"It has been a positive and trouble-free day for me. We have been conducting an extensive data acquisition programme, which meant I did several series of in and out laps, stopping in between to let the engineers collect information from various parameters on the car. We will carry on with the same type of tests tomorrow morning before going back to some longer runs in the afternoon."
Weather conditions: Generally sunny and dry at all times, partly cloudy. Track conditions: Dry throughout the day.
Temperatures: Air - Min 17°C, Max 25°C
Track - Min 18°C, Max 29°C
Stéphane and Ryan will carry on driving the TF102B and TF102-04 respectively tomorrow for the second day of testing at the Barcelona track in Spain.
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