With testing now complete, and the teams now moving on to Melbourne, the race which is only in two weeks time, Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost has been able to reflect on the two weeks running in Spain, claiming the team is ‘fast and competitive’.
As with all the Renault powered teams, they have had their fair share of problems centred around the engine and the ERS specifically. That has taken crucial track time away from the team, as it aims to focus on the higher end of the midfield teams and enter battle with both Williams and Force India – both powered by the extremely reliable and fast current specification Mercedes package.
The team boss said, “After completing the two pre-season tests here in Barcelona I can affirm that the STR12 is a fast and competitive car.
One weak point is the reliability, as we’ve had too many issues over these two weeks. On the positive side, I can say that this situation has improved compared to last week’s T01, but there has still been a few problems that have taken track time away from us this week. The good news is that we know what the issues are – nothing major – so I’m confident we can solve them all before getting to Australia thanks to all the valuable data we’ve collected here.”
Keeping the same driver line up from the latter end of last season, and Red Bull keeping the same four drivers for another season has shown their belief in the current crop, “Regarding our drivers, I have to say that both Carlos and Daniil have done a fantastic job every time they’ve jumped in the car and provided very useful feedback.
“Our engineers will now analyse all the data gathered to optimise the set-up for Melbourne. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead, I think we’re going to have a very interesting fight with the midfield teams and I just can’t wait to get started!”