A rain-drenched morning at the Circuit de Catalunya did not prevent the Panasonic Toyota Racing team from completing this week's technical programme in Barcelona today with Olivier Panis totalling 63 laps of the 4.73-kilometre track. Once the track dried in the afternoon session, the Frenchman was able to complete more valuable preparation work for next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Olivier Panis - Car No. 20
Best lap time: 1m18.755s, 63 laps completed
Working on: Wet weather Michelin tyre testing and Brazilian GP preparation
"We had a lot of rain this morning but we were still able to make use of this to test wet weather Michelin tyres and it was very productive. Once the track dried up in the afternoon we managed many more kilometres, and generally over the last two days, we have completed a lot of laps and learned a lot for next week's Brazilian race. I want to say thanks to the test team and the guys in Cologne for the job they have done this week and I hope we can have a rewarding weekend in Interlagos."
Weather: Overnight rain slowly drying by the afternoon.
Track: Wet all morning, drying out by.
The Panasonic Toyota Racing team now heads to Sao Paolo in Brazil for round 3 of this season's FIA Formula 1 World Championship. First practice for the 32nd Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on Friday 4 April and is followed by the weekend's first qualifying session.
04-06 April, Brazilian Grand Prix, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Brazil
08-11 April, Circuit Paul Ricard, France (2 cars - Panis 08-09, Da Matta 10-11, Zonta all days)
"Olivier Panis looks ahead to Brazil" is now available on the Panasonic Toyota Racing media website, www.toyota-f1-media.com.