Toyota F1 Team's British GP Preview
After a not-so-good performance at the French
Grand Prix, the Toyota F1 Team has to analyze some of the technical problems
that they have encountered during the French GP. Ralf Schumacher finished tenth
while bad luck was stuck on Jarno Trulli’s back as he accidentally crashed
during the first lap of the Magny-Cours race.
The two Toyota drivers are aware that there are only
a few days to prepare before the next event takes place. Trulli and Schumacher
and the rest of the team has encountered a rush across one of the fastest
circuits in Formula 1 - the Channel to Silverstone in Northamtonshire. Here are
some of their thoughts as shared by this site:
Ralf Schumacher: "I am looking forward to the British Grand
Prix. I have always enjoyed racing in Britain because the fans there are
so fanatical about motorsport, they really love the sport. They are always
supportive of all the drivers, no matter what nationality they are. The
Silverstone circuit is very fast and challenging but I think we are in
reasonable shape after our test there."
"Even though the
result at Magny-Cours was not what we expected, we can take some positives out
of the weekend. I lost a lot of time held up behind another car early in the
race but after that the car felt pretty good and my lap times were better than
our position suggested. It was frustrating to miss out on points because we had
a good opportunity but I am confident we can continue to improve and get back
into the points."
Jarno Trulli: "Silverstone is a very high-speed circuit,
probably the fastest on the calendar after Monza. The sweeping fast corners in the first
half are probably the most difficult as you can lose quite a bit of time before
you hit the very fast Hangar Straight. It's a long circuit and a challenging
one as well, for the drivers and also for the team when it comes to set-up. As
a driver you need a lot of commitment in the corners to really get the best lap
time out of the car."
"There are all
different kinds of corners at Silverstone so there is a compromise between grip
in the corners and speed on the straights. Unfortunately I go to Silverstone
after a very disappointing race in Magny-Cours. We had a really strong chance
to score good points but on the first lap I just misjudged the hairpin and
crashed. But we know our race pace was good enough to score points so that is
again the target."
Pascal Vasselon, the Senior General Manager Chassis: "We had
a successful test at Silverstone two weeks ago so we approach the British Grand
Prix with confidence. We evaluated some aero elements of our upgraded package,
which we used in France,
as well as looking at set-up for this race. We will have the same aero package
for this race as we used at Magny-Cours because the requirements of the two
tracks are similar, although not identical."
Posted at 03:26 am by AndrePenn