Olivier Panis Q&A

Toyota enjoyed its best result to date when Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta finished fifth and sixth at Hockenheim, albeit helped by the unusually high rate of attrition among the top three teams. Nevertheless the haul of seven points was most welcome, and it leaves the team just a point behind BAR-Honda in the constructors' championship, setting up an interesting contest over the last few races. Significantly Toyota have been consistently in the frame in recent events, having been though some dramatic ups and downs earlier in the year. Adam Cooper caught up with Panis.

Olivier Panis Q&A



"It was a very good race for me. The car was very good, there wasn't any problem with the tyres, the tyres were really consistent, and I did two stints really fast. I have no issues at all, really. Definitely to win a race we need to continue to improve the car, but I think we are in a good direction."



"I lost two or three places I think, to [Mark] Webber, David [Coulthard] and Michael, but I was lucky not to have any damage, and after that I continued to push and I carried on my race."



"No, really I didn't see. I just saw some parts everywhere, and some big crash, but I didn't see anything about whose fault it was. For me it was a race incident."



"Yeah, exactly. I didn't hit anything and I was quite lucky."



"We planned three stops. We had the possibility to do two, and when I saw my speed, and when I saw the balance on my car, I didn't want to do two stops, I stayed on three."



"I lost a lot of time, and maybe I'd finish better if I didn't have this. But this is racing, and I don't need to complain about it."



"He was really bad on traction and he had really bad understeer in the complex. I was much quicker than him but I wasn't able to overtake him."



"He was never close to me, but I was very happy that he was behind me, and we did a very good race together. I think we have a very good relationship, and we work very hard with the team. This race is just to say thank you to everyone, and now we need to continue to push really hard."



"No, nobody speaks, I don't want anybody speaking to me! When I'm racing I'm racing for the best, you know. Definitely if we fight together we need to be a little bit careful, but the team didn't tell us anything."



"I saw on the big television all the Ferrari people waiting for somebody, and I thought it was him because Barrichello was out, but I didn't understand why. Then I saw a white flag, and I was sure a tyre had exploded. Then I saw him in the complex. He tried to block a little bit, but it's not easy with three tyres!"



"Really consistent during the stint, I improved my lap time every time, and this is the first time we do that. Normally we never have the fuel effect through a grand prix before, because we have a very bad degradation with tyres, but at this grand prix we worked really hard for that, and it looks really good."



"Exactly. Now we are consistently in the top 10 in qualifying and consistently in the points. This is quite good."



"The tyres are definitely very good, we have very, very good relationship with Michelin, and we're working a lot with them. But I have to say thank you to Team Toyota because we have a big improvement before Silverstone, and here we have one step of engine revision, which definitely helped a little bit. Every Grand Prix now we have something new."



"I'm not sure about Budapest, I don't know to be honest. In Monaco we had a lot of problems, but we understand why. In Hockenheim if you have the same car as Monaco it's not very good, because it has a very low speed stadium, and we were very competitive. I don't know if we will be competitive like this, but I expect quite a good car in Budapest too. I think we'll be really competitive in Monza, and Suzuka. Indianapolis, I don't know yet."



"Definitely. We need to get them! I think for Toyota if we finish fifth in the championship, it's a fabulous target for the season, to prepare very well for next year. We need to do it. We wait for something new again for Monza in terms of the development of the car, and definitely we need to do it."



"I'm going to my house in the mountains and my house in Bandol. One week in the mountains and one week on the beach."

shares
comments
Firman aims to stay at Jordan for '04

Previous article

Firman aims to stay at Jordan for '04

Next article

Grapevine: Donington Denies Bid to Host British GP

Grapevine: Donington Denies Bid to Host British GP
Load comments
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021