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Panasonic Toyota Racing: Valencia Test Round-Up

Valencia Test Round-Up

Dates: 27-29 January 2004
Location: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain
Drivers: Olivier Panis, (27-28), Ricardo Zonta (27-28), Cristiano da Matta (29)
Track Length: 4.000 km

Olivier Panis
Total laps: 177
Best lap time: 1m10.460s
Chassis: TF104/02
"During these two days at Valencia, we concentrated on further set-up of the new TF104 car, as well as some very useful work on tyres with Michelin. We again completed a lot of kilometres, and found some good improvements with the Michelin dry weather tyres. It is still early days, but we have to continue to work in this way in the remaining tests before the Australian Grand Prix."

Cristiano da Matta
Total laps: 95
Best lap time: 1m11.310s
Chassis: TF104/02
"I had quite a varied day of testing in Valencia on Thursday. We started the morning by continuing our set-up work before moving on to some aero and tyre evaluation in the afternoon. The TF104 proved to be extremely reliable again. In terms of performance, we know the areas on which we need to do more work, but we are ready to do just that!"

Ricardo Zonta
Total laps: 190
Best lap time: 1m10.390s
Chassis: TF103B
"It is nice to have such a busy week of testing this week, starting with two days in the TF103B interim car at Valencia. On Tuesday, I was working on various software developments and on the second day we did a lot of tyre testing as well as some long runs for reliability. 190 laps over two days is really quite good, but our work never stops; I am currently in Barcelona for a two-day test in the 103, which comes to an end tomorrow."