Toyota set for Aussie F1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Toyota completed their final practice sessions at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France recently before heading off for the F1 GP in Australia.

Melbourne:

The 2004 Formula One season gets underway on March 7 with the Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne, kicking off the 18-race championship. With Michael Schumacher and Ferrari seeming to be the ones to beat, other drivers and teams have been fine tuning and testing their cars as they attempt to mount a serious challenge to the German and his 'Tifosi' fans. Among them, Toyota, whose drivers Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis have been fulsome in their praise about their new car, the TF104. Toyota completed their final practice sessions at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France recently before the team and their drivers headed off for Australia and this season's opening Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne. Although the team is based in Germany, with a parent company in Japan, Toyota is one of the most culturally diverse teams in Formula One. That image is reflected in the line-up of their drivers, with seasoned veteran Olivier Panis of France partnered by Brazilian Cristiano da Matta, who is beginning his second season in F1. The two men have put Toyota's new car, the TF104, through its paces and pronounced themselves delighted with it. (AP)

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