Today was the second and last day of testing for Cristiano da Matta in Imola before he flies off to Jerez, where he will take over from teammate Olivier Panis at the wheel of the TF103 on Friday. The Brazilian had a productive day at the wheel of the TF102B interim car, already doing preparation work for the San Marino Grand Prix.
Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Best lap time: 1m23.127s, 56 laps completed
Working on: Car set-up, kerb-riding behaviour and tyre testing
"We have been carrying out some good work today and we have tested all that we needed to. We only had a mechanical problem towards the end of the day that deprived us from a long run but everything worked very well otherwise. We continued working on setting-up the car and on the brakes, which are really put to the test on this circuit. I learnt a lot from this and it is definitely going to be helpful for the actual race weekend here in April. I am also happy that I get another chance to drive the new car in Jerez on Friday before leaving to Melbourne."
Weather: Dry and sunny, cold in the morning. Air temperature 06-20°C.
Track: Dry all day. Track temperature 07-24°C.
Panasonic Toyota Racing's third driver Ricardo Zonta will take over testing duties with the TF102B tomorrow for the team's final day at the Imola circuit.
Next Race: 07-09 March 2003 - Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Circuit,Melbourne
Next Test: 12 -15 March 2003 - Circuito de Jerez, Spain