Toyota Racing had a busy time at Jerez this week as it completed its final test session of the 2003 Formula One season, with Toyota Academy driver Ryan Briscoe and official test driver Ricardo Zonta carrying out the work ahead of next weekend's important Japanese Grand Prix.

Briscoe, who currently leads the F3 Euroseries after reverting to the class from F3000 last year, was in charge of the sole TF103 for three days and completed a staggering 280 laps in total before handing over to Zonta on the fourth and final day. The Brazilian continued the team's reliable running, totalling 112 laps today [Friday].

Despite his relative inexperience, Briscoe was asked to work tyre evaluations for Michelin, as well as aerodynamic tests and general set-up work for Suzuka.

"It was a highly enjoyable three-day test, in which I was able to complete heaps of laps with no problems with the car whatsoever," the Australian reported, "The weather was very mixed throughout the week, which gave me invaluable experience in the wet and dry, and we used the opportunity to work on wet weather Michelin tyre evaluation, although we also did some general aerodynamic tests and set-up work.

"This is my first F1 test of the year, but I have been able to get a real feel for the TF103 this week and I hope to get back behind the wheel again soon."

Zonta took over on the final day to assess the data recorded by his young team-mate, and continue working on set-up, tyre testing and engine evaluation for Suzuka.

"We did a lot of work today, specifically in preparation for next week's Japanese GP at Suzuka," the Brazilian confirmed, "We completed a lot of laps, working on the set-up of the car, Michelin tyre testing, as well as running the new spec engine, which we will use in Suzuka. It was a very good day and I think we can be confident
for next week's race."

 

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