Toyota disappointed with qualifying form

Olivier Panis and chief designer Gustav Brunner have voiced their disappointment with Toyota's form in today's first qualifying session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw the team only 11th and 13th fastest

Toyota disappointed with qualifying form

Both Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis suffered from handling problems on their qualifying runs, and the Frenchman has conceded that the team still has a lot of work to do on its set-up at the Sepang circuit.

"It has not been a fantastic day to be honest," said Panis. "We experienced some set-up problems in free practice and in the qualifying, so we have a lot of work to do this evening and in the sessions tomorrow to find the best set-up on the car. The main problem today was the grip level, which was not particularly good all day, so we need to improve that for tomorrow. I remain positive though, as I am sure we have some things to play with to find the best solution for second qualifying."

Gustav Brunner, Toyota's chief designer, said: " I am a bit disappointed with today. There were set-up problems on both cars, more so on Olivier's than Cristiano's, but we need to get the cars right. We have a little bit of set-up work to do. Today we had too much oversteer and too much jumping over the bumps, but we have one-and-a-half hours tomorrow to find a cure for this, so I am still sure we can make a few places up in tomorrow's qualifying and get both cars in the top ten."

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