Italy Preview Quotes: Toyota

Olivier Panis: "Monza is a very high speed circuit, in fact the fastest on the calendar, and one I enjoy racing on because in the past there have been some good on-track battles. We did some good work at the test in preparation for this weekend's race after an unrewarding race in Hungary. At Monza, it is very important to get a good compromise between mechanical grip and low downforce levels. We need good mechanical grip over the kerbs but at the same time you need to have minimum downforce to be quick in a straight-line.. I think we should perform reasonably well at the Italian Grand Prix, but the picture will be clearer by Friday lunchtime."

Italy Preview Quotes: Toyota

Olivier Panis: "Monza is a very high speed circuit, in fact the fastest on the calendar, and one I enjoy racing on because in the past there have been some good on-track battles. We did some good work at the test in preparation for this weekend's race after an unrewarding race in Hungary. At Monza, it is very important to get a good compromise between mechanical grip and low downforce levels. We need good mechanical grip over the kerbs but at the same time you need to have minimum downforce to be quick in a straight-line.. I think we should perform reasonably well at the Italian Grand Prix, but the picture will be clearer by Friday lunchtime."

Cristiano da Matta: "The three-day test in Monza was my first time around the track in an F1 car, and whilst it is a very fast track, I don't find it as technically challenging as some others on the calendar. Even so, I am looking forward to this weekend's race. I completed over 200 laps at the test, which means I can get down to business immediately on Friday without having to spend free practice learning my way around the circuit. With only three races left, our objectives still remain to get in the top half of the grid and to score more championship points. We are determined to end the season on a high note."

Ove Andersson, Team Principal: "We tested in Monza recently with three cars and all three drivers and I hope that we can translate the productive work we carried out into tangible race results at the Italian GP. However, every team has carried out intensive work at the track in the past week, so it is difficult to gauge where we will stand in comparison to our rivals. Although it is a track that should suit our car reasonably well, it will be important to find the best set-up on the car early on Friday morning. I remain hopeful that we can once again attain the sort of performance level that we have demonstrated in recent races as we aim for our eighth successive top ten grid position and more championship points."

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