Toro Rosso Wednesday testing review

JEREZ TEST - DAY 4Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.423 kmsDriver: Max VerstappenCar: STR10 - 02Laps: 97Best time: 1:22.553Total laps completed (4 days): 355Total kilometres completed (4 days): 1570.165 kmCarlos SainzTotal laps completed (2 days): 184Total Kilometres completed (2 days): 813.832 kmMax VerstappenTotal laps completed (2 days): 171 Total Kilometres completed (2 days): 756.333The last day of the first pre-season test session was another productive one for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Max Verstappen had his second day at the wheel and now the team gets a few days to crunch all the numbers from the data gathered, before returning to the track at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya on Thursday 19th February.Franz Tost (Team Principal): “We have had four profitable days testing, during which both our drivers managed to complete a high mileage. That meant we were able to learn a lot about our car. Generally, it ran reliably, with the only issues we encountered being small ones and we are confident we can iron them out before the next test in Barcelona. The whole team worked very hard and I thank them all for the great effort and the team spirit. The two drivers also did a very good job, producing a strong performance, building up speed over the entire test. If the team and drivers can keep this momentum going in the remaining two tests, then we will be very well prepared by the time we get to the first race of the season in Melbourne.”James Key (Technical Director): “It was good to run STR10 in anger and after overcoming some niggling problems on the first two days, we managed to do some really high mileage on the final two. That was useful, because it meant both our drivers managed to complete a full and comprehensive programme. Our focus has been entirely on reliability, while allowing the drivers to experience every aspect of the job. We haven’t done any work on performance so far and we will not do that until the end of the month, therefore we are not looking at our lap times for now. The important topics are reliability, consistency and driver work, to tune the car to their requirements and give them as much preparation time as possible. The car was ready on time thanks to really excellent work from all the staff in the factory and the wind tunnel and we had no major issues with car assembly. Everyone at the track worked very well to ensure the test ran smoothly. Well done to the drivers, who made no mistakes, gave us very precise feedback, learned a great deal and also allowed us to discover quite a bit about the tyres and the car. A good start and we must continue like this in the next tests.”Max Verstappen (Car 33)“My second day in the car went well. We completed a large number of laps and, in terms of speed, I can’t complain. The most important thing about these four days is that the car was generally reliable, so I could get plenty of track time, which was important also from the physical point of view for me. Clearly my winter training paid off.”

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