Brunner: There's no panic at Toyota

Toyota endured probably its worse day since entering Formula 1 at Monaco today (Thursday) as its cars ended up slowest of all in first qualifying bar Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Sauber-Petronas - which blew its engine

Brunner: There's no panic at Toyota

The chief designer of the TF103, Gustav Brunner, insisted that there would be no panic in the Toyota camp, despite the dismal performance that restricted Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta to 18th and 19th respectively.

"I really don't think we should read too much into today's results," said Brunner. "I am sure Cristiano was taking it a bit easy. It was his first time at this track and I am sure he was playing it safe. He has raced on street tracks in CART, so he should be able to get up to speed by Saturday when he can get more laps done. Olivier managed only 21 laps in this morning's session, and only one proper run on new tyres. It looks bad, but I am ever confident and the real picture will emerge on Saturday afternoon, when it counts."

Panis admitted he was unhappy with the situation, however.

"I am really disappointed with the start of this weekend," he said. "The car was really not very quick here today and I suffered from a distinct lack of grip. It is the same situation that we had in Austria, so now we need to work really well together to start to improve the car for the rest of the weekend. I tried to push on my lap today and I got a big oversteer in the Portier corner, which lost me easily one-and-a-half seconds, but at the end of the day that made little difference. We were simply uncompetitive today."

Da Matta, a Monaco rookie, said: "Today was my first time racing on this circuit and I found it quite fun to drive, even if the time today was not very good. For sure I have a lot to improve in terms of driving this circuit but one hour is nowhere near enough time to learn a new track, especially one like Monaco. We have to maximise the 90 minutes of practice on Saturday morning to get more track mileage and we still have a lot of things that need to be done on the settings of the car."

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