Toyota begin final push in Jerez 08 Mar 2007
With a little over a week to go before the Australian Grand Prix, Toyota headed to the test track on Wednesday to complete their preparations for the 2007 season. The Japanese team set up camp in Jerez, Spain for a two-day test, with Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli both in attendance.
Although overnight rain made for low track temperatures in the morning, the surface quickly dried, allowing the team to complete just under 200 laps during the days running. With a Melbourne-specification aerodynamic update on the TF107 for the first time, Schumacher and Trulli focused on finalising the teams package for the opening race.
Trulli proved to be the quicker of the two, clocking a lap of 1m 19.710s, while Schumacher finished with a best of 1m 20.389s. Although the German lost some time after spinning off-track, neither TF107 experienced any technical problems.
We got a lot of items tested in our final preparation for the first race of the season, running the complete race one aero package for the very first time today, explained Dieter Gass, Toyotas chief engineer for race and test. Jarno had a trouble-free day and ran through the complete programme working on finalising the set-up preparation for Melbourne. Ralf spun twice and lost a little bit of time. Apart from that he had no major issues as well and, like Jarno, we worked on car set-up.
Toyota will continue to test alone in Jerez on Thursday, with Schumacher and Trulli remaining in charge of driving duties.