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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Testing Round-Up

Testing Round-Up

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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Testing Round-Up
Panasonic Toyota Racing: Testing Round-Up
Valencia Test Round-Up

Dates: 25-28 November 2003
Location: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
Driver: Ryan Briscoe
Track Length: 4.005km

Ryan Briscoe
Total Laps: 338
Best Lap Time: 1m11.950s
Chassis: TF103/03

"I am very happy with how the team has worked and with the progress we have made this week, especially considering how busy the track was at times and the amount of disruptions due to red lights. We managed to complete our test programme for the week, which consisted mainly of wet and dry weather Michelin tyre tests. To complete so much work and so many laps is always a good feeling at the end of a session. I found myself having to adapt to manual shifting again as we began our preparations for the 2004 season and the new regulations that will be introduced. The wet tyre testing today has shown that there have been noticeable steps in tyre development and performance and I am now looking forward to continuing our winter testing programme next week alongside Ricardo Zonta in Barcelona."

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Paul Ricard Test Round-Up

Dates: 25-28 November 2003
Location: Circuit Paul Ricard, France
Driver: Ricardo Zonta
Track Configuration: 4.1km (25-27 November), 3.3km (28 November)

Ricardo Zonta
Total laps: 237
Total Distance: 903km
Chassis: TF103B

"The test this week was essentially an installation run of our new TF103B car, which has a completely new rear end. We used the four days to get a feel for the new engine, gearbox and rear suspension and I was quite impressed with the new components, because we had no real problems all week. This is definitely a positive sign for the future. Having said that, it is difficult to draw any real conclusions of this first test with the new car, because there was some inconsistency with the weather conditions, which made it hard to do any back-to-back comparisons. I am certainly pleased to be driving again after a small vacation in Brazil and I am looking forward to next week's Barcelona test."

For a comprehensive overview of the week's testing results, visit our media website www.toyota-f1-media.com

Next Test: 2-5 December 2003
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Drivers: Ricardo Zonta and Ryan Briscoe
Chassis: TF103 and TF103B