Pirelli Test Day 2: Toro Rosso report

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5. Formula One Testing, Pirelli Tyre Testing, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saturday 20 November 2010.

Sebastien Buemi

Nov.20 (Scuderia Toro Rosso) It fell to Sébastien Buemi to give the STR5 its last outing of 2010, on the final day of testing evaluating tyres from new supplier, Pirelli.

“This has been a productive day,” commented Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies. “We got through a lot of laps, with a mix of short and long runs and it was especially useful that Sébastien was able to do a very long run, equivalent to a race distance on the soft Pirelli tyre, so there is a lot of data from which we can learn for next season. Apart from the work on the tyre front, we also tried a couple of mechanical components aimed at next year’s car and we ran trouble free throughout the day. That marks the end of testing for 2010, and the team worked well to complete these four additional track days in Abu Dhabi on the back of a very busy end to the season. However, it will not be long until we start all over again at Valencia in early February.”

“I am pleased with my first test day on the Pirelli tyres,” said Buemi, driving the STR5-03. “We got through a lot of work, although it is difficult to draw any conclusions regarding actual performance, even if the feeling from the tyres is pretty good at this early stage. Now, our engineers will have a lot of work back at the factory to ensure the new car suits the characteristics of the tyres. Overall, I do not think we could have done a better job at this test, so it is nice to see the 2010 season end on a positive note.”