The Panasonic Toyota Racing team completed its test at Valencia today [Thursday], Olivier Panis, Cristiano da Matta, and Ricardo Zonta in action during the three-day session, which started on Tuesday.

Panis and Zonta kicked off the test, and despite windy conditions notched up over 184 laps between them. In total the Cologne based squad completed over 450 laps, amounting to around 1850 kms.

"During these two days at Valencia [Tuesday and Wednesday], we concentrated on further set-up of the new TF104 car, as well as some very useful work on tyres with Michelin," said Panis, who posted a best time of 1 minute 10.460 seconds.

"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."

Team-mate da Matta meanwhile concluded running at the Spanish track today, his best a 1m 11.310s.

"I had quite a varied day of testing in Valencia today," noted the Brazilian, "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!"

'Third' driver Zonta meanwhile was in action on the first two days like Panis, however unlike the Frenchman, he switched to Barcelona today, where he will continue running tomorrow [Friday] in the TF103, last year's car. For the record, the Brazilian set the quickest time of the Toyota trio this week at Valencia - his best a 1m 10.390s.

"It is nice to have such a busy week of testing this week, starting with two days in the TF103B interim car at Valencia," concluded Zonta, "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."

 

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