As this week's three-day test session drew to a close, the three Toyota Racing drivers found themselves drawn to the same spot on the Monza timesheets as they completed the team's preparations for the Italian Grand Prix.

Olivier Panis, Cristiano da Matta and test driver Ricardo Zonta all reported good progress in their respective work programmes ahead of next week's race, although they were cautious about predicting great things for the TF103.

"We completed a reasonable amount of running today and continued our Monza preparation programme, working both on mechanical and also aerodynamic set-ups," veteran Panis revealed, "I think our car will be reasonably competitive at the Italian Grand Prix, but it should be noted that every team has been testing here this week, so we will not really know until next weekend where we are in comparison to everyone else."

da Matta joined his French colleague in working on set-up evaluations for the 14th round of the world championship and, despite not having seen the Italian track before the start of the week, professed that he felt good about his chances.

"I have never driven an F1 car at Monza prior to this week's test and, although it is a very fast circuit, it is not one I find so technically demanding," the Brazilian explained, "Myself, Olivier and Ricardo have divided up the work this week between Italian GP preparations and more long-term development, and we carried out more useful work today, completing more than 200 laps between us. Overall, I believe we should in good shape for next weekend's race."

Zonta, getting a rare chance to run alongside not only his team-mates, but also the rest of the regular F1 field, concentrated more on longer-term development work which Panis and da Matta focused on their set-ups for the next grand prix.

"This week has been incredibly productive, and I am pleased with what we have achieved," he reported, "Today, we worked on various mechanical items, mainly on the suspension and dampers, and, given that we were working on long-term development, the lap time today was pretty encouraging. It has been an enjoyable three days, mainly because I have had the chance to test alongside both Cristiano and Olivier for the first time this season."

 

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