Bahrain GP - Toyota - Practice
Toyota, along with Ferrari, were the only teams to take part in a six day test at the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the current season. The opening practice sessions today saw Jarno Trulli
and Timo Glock recorded the 14th and 15th
best times respectively.Jarno Trulli
"That was a reasonable day of practice for us. The track surface was predictably dusty and slippery this morning. It was also quite windy today, with gusts from different directions in the two sessions. We were fighting with the wind and we still need to improve the car a bit in general. We tested here in February so things pretty much went as we expected today. This is a nice challenging track and I have always been pretty strong here so I am looking forward to this weekend. Our results show the car is much more competitive so it is important to keep developing it and to try to score as many points as possible."
"It was a productive day and the second practice went much better than the first for me. In the morning we had some problems with stability under braking but over the break the track improved and we managed to develop the car and the set-up. The guys did a good job, we went in the right direction and the car felt better over a long run. The test here in February was positive for us.
The question mark for the weekend is that it is likely to be windy. If the wind is very heavy it could be a problem, but it is the same for everyone."
Dieter Gass, Chief Engineer Race and Test
"Overall we're happy with the day's work. We had only one minor problem on Timo's car early in the afternoon session which we were able to fix quickly. Apart from that we went through our programme. Concerning tyres, we have a clear picture on what we have to do even though we weren't supplied with the option compound during our winter test here. The conditions were also different today to what we saw in February. We expected the wind to be an issue and it is looking stronger for tomorrow and Sunday so that will have an effect. Nevertheless we will push hard as always to come away with another strong result."