Panasonic Toyota Racing: GP of Brazil - Qualifying Round-Up
Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying Round-Up
Lap Time: 1m10.478s (+0.656s)
Lap Time: 1m11.483s (+0.837s)
Grid Position: 9th
"I am extremely happy with our performance in qualifying. It was a very good lap and the car was well balanced. I believe that I pushed the car to the absolute limit which makes me particularly satisfied. I am also quite confident for the race because we have been consistent over the long runs in the practice sessions. We have to wait and see what weather conditions we will have in tomorrow's race because slightly hotter temperatures could affect us. That aside, we should be encouraged by this result, especially considering the greatly reduced gap we have to the front running teams."
Ricardo Zonta (Car 17, Chassis TF104/09B)
Lap Time: 1m11.315s (+1.493s)
Lap Time: 1m11.974s (+1.328s)
Grid Position: 14th
"I was happy with the balance of the car in the morning practice, but we had to make some changes to the car to avoid wearing the floor too much. Unfortunately, the car became very understeery and although we tried to solve the problem, it was too late for the second qualifying session. On my lap, I had a lot of understeer, particularly in the slower corners, where I couldn't improve my lap time. I am disappointed because I had hoped to do a good job in front of all the Brazilian people, but the weekend is far from over. We have to remain positive for the race and try to score points."
Mike Gascoyne - Technical Director Chassis
"It was a mixed qualifying session. Ricardo struggled with a lot of understeer on his car in both sessions and wasn't able to match his times from this morning, which were set on similar fuel loads. Jarno was happier with the balance and produced an impressive lap to qualify inside the top ten. Given the consistency and pace we have had over the long runs this weekend, we should expect to have a relatively strong race. We need to look to score points tomorrow to improve our position in the championship and I firmly believe that we should be able to do just that."
2004 Qualifying Synopsis
Best Grid Position: 6th (Jarno Trulli, Japan)
Top Ten Grid Positions: 13 (Olivier Panis 8, Cristiano da Matta 3, Jarno Trulli 2)
Double Top Tens: 2 (Bahrain, Japan)
Average Grid Position: 11.86
Best Grid Position by Driver
Jarno Trulli 6th Japan
Olivier Panis 7th Spain
Cristiano da Matta 9th Bahrain
Ricardo Zonta 11th Italy
Full results on Friday and Saturday's free practice and qualifying sessions can be found on Panasonic Toyota Racing's media website www.toyota-f1-media.com