Toro Rosso: Priority was getting Jean-Eric settled

Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne

Feb.9 (Toro Rosso) Three French drivers out on track today, including Jean-Eric Vergne, having his first run in the new STR7.

The initial priority was getting Jean-Eric settled in the car for the first time, then the team worked through an extensive aero test programme, which is why the driver did a lot of short runs, collecting data for different aero configurations.

We got through the programme, while at the same time Jean-Eric was getting up to speed with the car. The conditions on track were much better today for aero work, as there was much less wind. A relatively long run was completed in the afternoon and the plan is to do an even longer one tomorrow.

Jean-Eric Vergne: “My first feeling when I got in the cockpit was a positive one. The car seems to have a good base from which we can progress over the winter tests.  In general, it was a positive day for me and the team and I am happy with the work we got through. I still need to work on my seating position in the car to make it perfect and I’m looking forward to making more progress tomorrow. Was it a special feeling knowing this is “my” Formula 1 car for the season? I preferred to concentrate on the work side of things and put the extraordinary aspects of the job to the back of my mind.”