Wednesday August 8th, 2001
Toyota ended their Silverstone testing session prematurely due to a problem that was discovered with the steering wheel, the team said today.
Drivers Mika Salo and Allan McNish were scheduled to run at Silverstone for three days, today being the second day. However, a problem with the power steering system was discovered during today's run and the team decided to call it quits, explaining that the problem made driving the fast corners much more difficult and prevents the drivers from pushing to the limit.
"There is no point in doing reliability tests if the drivers cannot push the car to the maximum," commented Dago Rohrer, General Manager of the F1 Chassis development staff. "We will postpone this until our test next week in Belgium."
Both Salo and McNish managed, however, to run over 40 laps each today, testing launch control for the first time as well as practicing pit stops for the first time.
"We started our launch control testing and the first results were quite encouraging. However, this obviously has to be refined," said McNish. "Also Mika did some pit stop practice which from the outside looked quite good. It was nice to drive at Silverstone being my home circuit, and I can't wait to come back."
McNish set the fastest time of the day - 1:29.96 - with Salo some two seconds behind, with 1:31.80. The two drivers will resume testing at Spa-Francorchamps next week, on August 14th.
Published at 20:00:28 GMT