Silverstone - Toyota - Testing
Today's testing at Silverstone concluded Toyota's preparations for the next two races in China and Japan. Being that the team had to make final decisions for two races at once, this made for a tight agenda. All drivers worked on finding the
right set-ups and tyre choices, in addition to other small test items like practicing launches.
Olivier Panis and Ralf Schumacher
lost time in the afternoon today, each having different mechanical issues that needed to be worked on. Otherwise the day was fairly productive and the team.Ralf Schumacher
"We spent the day mostly working on tyres for the Suzuka race. Some other tests we did included launches and balance work. I lost some time in the afternoon due to a fuel pump change. Overall, the car is feeling good and I think that our car can be competitive in the coming races. The team has worked hard at each and every test to prepare for the races, but now we will have to see how the coming race weekends unfold."
"It was a tough day dealing with the wind and trying to drive the car in these conditions. But in the end, we finished most of our program and got through many laps.
I worked on tyres for Suzuka and went through some set-up and balance tests. We had some engine trouble in the afternoon, but I was still able to go back out and run some laps. I think we can make some good conclusions based on the tyre testing we did and it will be interesting to see how the car behaves in China and Japan."
Gerd Pfeiffer, Test Team Manager
"This track is similar to Suzuka so this was quite an important test as far as tyre testing is concerned. We had some set backs with Ricardo falling ill and engine issues during the week, but the team worked hard to analyze everything and as a result we got through most of our testing agenda. The work we did here is very useful and in the end we do have some positive findings. As always, it is difficult to say where we stand, but we are hoping for the best."