Toro Rosso: A complex two day test

Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday 14 May 2014.

Toro Rosso: team and drivers report from the second and final day of Formula 1 testing at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain;

Day 1 – Pirelli Tyre Test:

  • Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Laps: 52
  • Best time: 1:27.724

Day 2:

  • Driver: Daniil Kvyat
  • Laps: 21
  • Best time: 1:28.910

It has been a complex two day test for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Barcelona. On Wednesday, Jean-Eric Vergne was at the wheel of the STR9 to work on next year’s tyres for Pirelli, as provided for in the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

However, unseasonal weather with plenty of rain and a damp track, made life difficult. Nevertheless, the car ran reliably and Pirelli were able to get through their programme.

Wednesday, Daniil Kvyat took over driving duties. In the morning, he completed an aero test, involving straight line constant speed running, and consequently did plenty of “in” and “out” laps.

These tests involved making lengthy changes to the car, which meant that not many laps were completed, although the results achieved were positive and will provide useful data for the upcoming races. At the end of the morning, Daniil did a “normal” run, which went off smoothly.

After the lunch break, the programme called for modifications to the mechanical set-up on the car and these took time to do. Once the car was ready, it was sent out to complete a baseline run during which a problem occurred that sidelined the car for the rest of the session.

Scuderia Toro Rosso will be back in action next week in Monaco, starting on Thursday 22 May with free practice for the sixth round of the world championship.

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