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Toyota wrap up testing in Jerez 09 Mar 2007

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF107. F1 Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Friday, 24 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Toyota completed their pre-season testing programme in Jerez on Thursday, ahead of next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. The team’s second day at the Spanish track proved to be as fruitful as the first, with race drivers Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher covering over 180 laps.

Both drivers focused on optimising set-ups ahead of the Melbourne race, as they continued to test the team’s new Albert Park-specific aerodynamic package. Trulli was the quicker of the two, clocking a time of 1m 18.589s, while Schumacher’s best lap was a 1m 19.519s.

“Both drivers put in some competitive lap times and had no technical issues at all during the day,” explained Dieter Gass, Toyota’s chief engineer for race and test. “Ralf was a little bit unlucky when he hit a bird with the front left suspension, which had to be replaced for safety reasons as a consequence. This obviously caused us to lose some valuable running time.”

The Toyota team will now head to Australia, ahead of the opening race of the season, set to take place on March 18.