Big struggle for Toyota

Toyota endured a miserable qualifying session in Hungary, as the hoped-for performance gain from the revised TF104B chassis continues to elude the German-based squad

Big struggle for Toyota

New race team driver Ricardo Zonta and Olivier Panis could only manage 12th and 14th spots on the grid, as the promise of earlier practice sessions faded when it mattered.

"For some reason the performance of the car in qualifying was much worse than we have shown this weekend," said Panis. "The only thing I can think of is that the wind must have affected us more than everyone else. The whole race team has worked well, but now we need to be fully focused on the race and keep pushing. In the last six races of this season, we need to pick up the maximum number of points we can."

Zonta added: "The weather changed a bit between practice and qualifying and that made the car slide around more. Also, it was my first experience with one-lap qualifying, so it was quite difficult to put everything together. In spite of the final result, I am very motivated."

Technical director Mike Gascoyne admitted his frustration at the lack of speed around the Hungaroring.

"We are all disappointed with the outcome of today's qualifying session and I do not think our grid positions reflect our true performance level," he said. "This morning, the balance on the car was pretty good, but in qualifying the cars just seem to lack grip and we couldn't get near to the times that we achieved in practice. The car has been consistent over long runs, so we have to see if we can get both cars into the points."

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