Toro Rosso: We’ve learned a lot about our new car

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7. Formula One Testing, Day 4, Barcelacona, Spain, Sunday 4 March 2012.

Daniel Ricciardo

Mar.4 (Toro Rosso) Team and driver report on the final day of Formula 1 preseason testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Daniel Ricciardo:
“Another day with a lot of laps to add to the high-mileage day yesterday. I have done more running this week than at the previous two tests and we have learned a lot about our new car, enough to have a basis for the start of the season. Personally, I found it very useful and I’ve got a clear understanding of the changes we have made these past few weeks and how the car reacts. Now I’m just looking forward to Melbourne – can’t wait.”

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer):
“Looking at the twelve days of testing as a whole; one session when we launched the STR7 in Jerez and then the last two weeks here in Barcelona, we can say it has been an effective pre-season campaign. We are moving in the right direction in terms of car development, which will be important, as it is going to be very tight in the mid-field and being at the front or the back of that group will be down to very small differences between the car packages. Our two drivers worked very well throughout the tests and, over the last two days in particular, we managed to complete a very high mileage with Daniel. Between now and taking to the track at Albert Park for FP1, we will be working hard and looking at the data to make sure we are getting the most out of our current package. Everyone in the team is very eager to get to Melbourne now and start racing.”

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