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Panasonic Toyota Racing: GP of China - Qualifying Round-Up

Grand Prix of China - Qualifying Round-Up

Motorsport
Olivier Panis (Car 17, Chassis TF104/09B)
Pre-Qualifying: 9th
Lap Time: 1m34.153s (+0.968s)
Qualifying: 8th
Lap Time: 1m34.975s (+0.963s)
Grid Position: 8th
"I am quite happy to be eighth on the grid for tomorrow's race. With all three cars around the top ten in yesterday's free practice, we started the race weekend in a competitive way. The car has been looking consistent, although I had some trouble this morning with corner entry oversteer. We were unable to fix the problem immediately, but after the session I sat down with my engineers and checked the data. The changes we made to the car worked well for qualifying and I would like to say well done to everyone. Considering where we were this morning and where we are now, we have improved a lot. I am confident we can push hard in the race tomorrow."

Ricardo Zonta (Car 16, Chassis TF104/10B)
Pre-Qualifying: 16th
Lap Time: 1m34.958s (+1.773s)
Qualifying: 14th
Lap Time: 1m35.410s (+1.398s)
Grid Position: 13th
"I do not think that final result does justice to our performance so far this weekend. The grip level was much lower in qualifying compared to this morning's practice sessions. I made a small mistake at the hairpin when I locked the front wheels, but I lost a lot of time in the final sector. I am not starting as high up the grid as I expected, but we have been quite competitive in the practice sessions, running regularly inside of the top ten, so I hope our race preparations will pay off. I have some work to do in the early stages of the race to make my way up through the field."

Mike Gascoyne - Technical Director Chassis
"Overall a very tight qualifying session. Having struggled this morning with grip levels and with the balance of his car, Olivier did a great job. I think he can be satisfied with his qualifying performance. He equals his best result of the season, which incidentally was in Bahrain, the other new circuit on this season's calendar, and also Indianapolis. Ricardo was happier in the free practice sessions this morning, but a mistake under braking into turn ten on his qualifying lap cost him several tenths-of-a-second. The car has been strong over the long runs and we are confident of our race pace. However, it would have been nice to have both cars starting from the top ten, which should have been possible today."

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