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Panasonic Toyota Racing: GP of San Marino - Qualifying Round-Up

GP of San Marino - Qualifying Round-Up

Cristiano da Matta (Car 16, Chassis TF104/04)
Pre-Qualifying: 13th
Lap Time: 1m21.737.s (+1.932s)
Qualifying: 10th
Lap Time: 1m21.087.s (+1.334s)
Grid Position: 10th

"I am happy to be in the top ten again. Actually I pushed a little bit too hard in sector one, which cost me some time. With another couple of tenths less I would have been in the top six. The handling of the TF104 was quite good and the car felt really strong in the second and third sectors of my lap. I made no mistakes and was able to drive aggressively. Tomorrow I will do my best to finish in the points."

Olivier Panis (Car 17, Chassis TF104/03)
Pre-Qualifying: 10th
Lap Time: 1m21.231s (+1.426s)
Qualifying: 13th
Lap Time: 1m21.558s (+1.805s)
Grid Position: 13th

"We have done a good job again this weekend. In fact the gap to some of the other teams is much closer. It is positive that we are progressing constantly and concentrate on the right issues. Reliability is a strong point, so hopefully we can have a successful race. Unfortunately I had an electronic problem on the warm-up lap and was close to stopping the car, but then the system came back. However, it may have affected my concentration and cost me three tenths or so."

Luca Marmorini - Technical Director Engine "I am really satisfied with our qualifying result. Traditionally Imola has not been one of our more competitive circuits but we are right in among a very close set of times in the middle of the grid. Generally the set-up is good and the drivers have consistently improved it since yesterday. There are six cars within two tenths of a second and so we can be optimistic for the race tomorrow. Imola is quite tough on engines but currently we have a 100% finishing record in races this year. There is not a lot of full throttle running as the track has a lot of bumps and kerb-riding, which is stressful for engines and means very high rpm. Of course we will be aiming for points in the race."