Toyota test marred by rain

Toyota ended its first foray to Magny-Cours in France with plenty of data, but no real comparison with its soon-to-be opposition after wet weather hampered all three days of running

Toyota test marred by rain

The Cologne-based team, which will enter Formula 1 in 2002, has moved beyond its Paul Ricard test base in recent weeks, but has so far failed to match the benchmark of the F1 regulars in its visits to Monza and Barcelona as it concentrates on engine and systems development.

At Magny-Cours, test drivers Mika Salo and Allan McNish completed over 150 laps of running between them, but with conditions varying between full wet to merely damp, neither approached a representative time.

McNish set a best lap of 1m19.16s, with his Finnish teat team mate recording a fastest time of 1m20.10s. That compares to the fastest race lap in this month's French Grand Prix at the venue of 1m16.088s, set by McLaren's David Coulthard.

"We had limited running in dry conditions," said McNish. "In fact the track was never totally dry, which meant that the work we did was on electronics.

"It was the first time I have ever driven a modern F1 car in the wet," he added, "and it was certainly an experience."

Due to the conditions, the team took the opportunity to work on wet weather tyre testing, engine mapping and electronics.

Toyota's next scheduled test takes place at Silverstone on 7-9 August.

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