Toro Rosso unfazed by intitial pre-season "bumpy ride"

  • 02 Mar 2017 18:26
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Toro Rosso have had a torrid first week to their pre-season testing, having only set 183 laps from the first four days. The team have been hit with a number of reliability issues that they have had to deal with.

Team principal Franz Tost admits that they have endured a bumpy start to the campaign, but believes that the mileage that they do have is sufficient, and hopes to rid the car of all problems for next week.

"We arrived in Barcelona at the start of the week with a wonderful new livery and we were quite excited to start the new season. We were hoping to have completed many more laps than what we've actually done during this first pre-season test.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't complete our programme because of some reliability issues. Therefore, we are missing some data, especially regarding the softer tyres. Having said that, when the car has been out on track we've got a very promising feedback, so we just need to keep working hard with our partner to sort out all the reliability issues.

"Both Carlos and Daniil have got to grips quickly with the STR12 and are gaining confidence rapidly. Their impressions has also been generally quite positive. All in all, it's been a bit of a bumpy ride to begin with, but we are confident that we will get everything under control next week during the second test in order to be ready for the first race of the season in Australia."

Daniil Kvyat only managed an out/in lap in today's test, leaving the team frustrated. However technical director James Key believes better things lie ahead for them.

"Unfortunately Daniil [Kvyat] only did an out/in lap this morning. We then suffered an engine related stoppage which lasted for the rest of the day. The week has been both encouraging but also frustrating with the missed running time. However we will now plan our recovery for next week and hope to make up for lost ground!"

 

Fergal Walsh

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