Panis: reliability is vital for Toyota

Toyota star Olivier Panis has said that it is vital that Toyota finds the reliability to finish races, after promising runs in both of the opening two races of the season were curtailed by mechanical failure

Panis: reliability is vital for Toyota

The Japanese manufacturer's new car had looked fast and reliable in pre-season testing, but hit trouble in Australia and Malaysia, with fuel pressure problems costing Panis the chance to score points in each race.

Toyota spent last week testing at Barcelona in an effort to overcome their reliability issues. "We have made big progress on solving the fuel pressure problem that caused by retirement from the opening two races of the year," said Panis. "We missed the opportunity of scoring good points in Australia and Malaysia, which was really frustrating for everyone, so it's vital that we finish races from now on."

The Frenchman is confident that Toyota can run well in Brazil. "Interlagos has lots of medium and high-speed corners, which makes it quite similar to Barcelona and, on paper, looks like it should suit our TF103 car," he said. "It's a very challenging track, both for the drivers and from a technical point of view, but I think it should suit our car. I really, really hope so because I am in F1 to get results."

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