Panasonic Toyota Racing concluded their third and final day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez today, and reached the end of pre-season preparations before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next 9 March. Cristiano da Matta ended the team's winter testing effort on a positive note, managing 67 laps of the Spanish track with a best time of 1m18.97s.
Cristiano da Matta - Car No. 21
Best lap time: 1m18.97s, 67 laps completed
Working on: general car development and set-up, tyre testing
"We had a good session today and we managed to work extensively on different areas of the car. I was happy to be back in the TF103 for my last day of testing this week, and it was good to get a feeling for it again. I completed over 2000kms with the new car since early January and I feel really positive about it. The team gave me the chance to experience several different tracks, I learnt as much as possible from everything, but I think you never feel completely ready anyway. Now I am really looking forward to the race one week away and to get into it for real!"
Weather: Clear and sunny. Air temperature 12-23°C.
Track: Dry all day. Track temperature 11-31°C.
Panasonic Toyota Racing will enter its second FIA Formula world championship on Sunday, 9 March, in Melbourne, Australia. While cars and equipment already left the Cologne headquarters yesterday, the team will be flying this weekend to start setting-up at the Albert Park circuit as soon as Monday morning.
Next Race: 07-09 March 2003 - Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
Next Test: 12 -15 March 2003 - Circuito de Jerez, Spain