Valencia Test Day 3: Toro Rosso review

Jaime Alguersuari prepares to drive the new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5

Feb.3 (YF1) After Sebastien Buemi drove for the past two days of this first winter test session, it was Jaime Alguersuari’s turn to get his hands on the STR5.

Jaime Alguersuari drives the new STR5 for the first time

A huge crowd of over 30,000 turned out to see our Spanish driver, although it’s possible they were also there for De La Rosa and Alonso!

Once Jaime’s installation in the car had been checked, he soon got down to quick and consistent lap times over long runs.

The technical programme included a repeat of yesterday’s systems checks, an aero evaluation, scans of running on different fuel loads and an assessment of the Bridgestone Soft and Supersoft compounds.

Jaime Alguersuari: “It felt good to complete my first ever Formula 1 test session, as last season I was never able to do any testing. I was able to concentrate on understanding the car, without having to think about it in terms of a race weekend. Personally, I felt much stronger in the car, as I have been training hard in the three months since I last drove in Abu Dhabi. Today was a positive experience and I’m looking forward now to next week in Jerez. It’s too early to say much about the car’s performance, but it felt competitive.”

Lap times on Day 3

P Driver Team Times Difference Laps
1 F.Alonso Ferrari 1.11.470 127
2 P.De La Rosa Sauber 1.12.094 +0.624 81
3 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1.12.438 +0.968 82
4 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1.12.576 +1.106 97
5 J.Button McLaren 1.12.951 +1.481 82
6 V.Petrov Renault 1.13.097 +1.627 75
7 N.Hulkenberg Williams 1.13.669 +2.199 126