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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Paul Ricard Test Round-Up

Paul Ricard Test Round-Up

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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Paul Ricard Test Round-Up
Panasonic Toyota Racing: Paul Ricard Test Round-Up
Dates: 23-26 March 2004
Location: Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
Drivers: Ricardo Zonta (23-26), Ryan Briscoe (23-25­) Track Length: 4.157km

Ricardo Zonta
Total laps: 372
Best lap time: 1m12.427s
Chassis: TF104/05
"I think it has been a good test this week. We have again managed to get a lot of laps under our belt and completed over 1500 kilometres in just four days. We have worked intensively on testing Michelin tyre casings and compounds in preparation for Imola, and today we focussed on various set-ups, playing with the suspension. Unfortunately we had some gearbox control problems today, which limited us to 55 laps. Although I have run the TF104 in two race weekends this season, this week was my first actual test session with the new car and things have run very smoothly. Now, I am looking forward to going to Bahrain for what promises to be an exciting grand prix in the Middle East next week. The track looks very technical and I can't wait to drive it in Friday's free practice sessions."

Ryan Briscoe
Total laps: 145
Best lap time: 1m12.641s
Chassis: TF103B
"We were running a special programme on the first two days this week to acquire some data from new sensors we were running in the car. The test was not at all performance-related, which is quite clear from the limited number of laps I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday. On my final day on Thursday, I did a more standard test, working on some launches and brake material comparison and completing a very respectable number of laps."