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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Jerez Test Round-Up

Jerez Test Round-Up

Dates: 7-9 January 2004
Location: Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Drivers: Olivier Panis (7-9), Ricardo Zonta (7-8), Cristiano da Matta (9)
Track Length: 4.428km

Ricardo Zonta
Total laps: 175
Best lap time: 1m17.967s
Chassis: TF103/08
"For me, the test this week was quite good. It is always nice to get back in the cockpit after a relatively long break. We worked very closely with Michelin on Wednesday and Thursday to do some tyre testing with the standard TF103 chassis and we found some more positive results. It was a nice way to begin what I am sure will be an exciting year for Panasonic Toyota Racing."

Olivier Panis
Total laps: 225
Best lap time: 1m18.513s
Chassis: TF103B (7-8) TF103/08 (9)
"I am very happy with this test. We were able to complete a lot of laps over the three days. We worked on the reliability of the TF103B car for the first two days and managed over 130 laps, which is really quite encouraging. Today I switched to the 103 car and did some long runs to evaluate tyres with Michelin and everything went well. I am excited that our new TF104 car is being launched next week, and confident that it will be a big step forward."

Cristiano da Matta
Total laps: 45
Best lap time: 1m19.589s
Chassis: TF103B
"I only drove on one day during this week's Jerez test and unfortunately it wasn't such a good day with some problems, which prevented us from completing too many laps. On a more positive note though, everyone in the factory has done a great job over Christmas and New Year to put the final touches to the TF104, which will be unveiled in Cologne next week. I am looking forward to testing it as our preparations for the 2004 season really intensify."