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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Imola Test Round-Up

Imola Test Round-Up

Dates: 24-26 February 2004
Location: Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy
Drivers: Olivier Panis (24-25), Cristiano da Matta (24-26), Ryan Briscoe (26) Track Length: 4.933km

Cristiano da Matta
Total laps: 110
Best lap time: 1m22.156s
Chassis: TF103/08 (24-25), TF104/04 (26) "The weather in Imola this week has pretty much dictated what we have been able to do over these final three days prior to the first race of the year in Australia. The only day on which we were able to complete much running was Wednesday, so we had some items left over on our testing programme. We definitely needed more time in the new car this week, so we must now wait until Melbourne next week to see where we line up in comparison to the other teams."

Olivier Panis
Total laps: 93
Best lap time: 1m.24.365s
Chassis: TF104/04
"I can't say that I have been happy with this Imola test. Our plan was to continue to work on fine-tuning the TF104 before we start the season next week in Australia, but we have had some difficulties which have not been helped by the persistently unsettled weather conditions."

Ryan Briscoe
Total laps: 51
Best lap time: 1m37.602s
Chassis: TF103/08
"Considering the difficult weather conditions that we have encountered during this test, we did a very good job today to complete a tyre test in the morning. This tyre programme was conducted to reconfirm tests that we have carried out in previous sessions and everything ran smoothly. This afternoon, we had planned to do a full wet weather tyre test, but we were forced to finish the day earlier than expected due to a problem with the oil pump fixation. I am now heading back home to Australia before the Australian Grand Prix next weekend."