Toro Rosso rookie drivers Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, along with team principal Franz Tost spoke on the occasion of the launch of the team’s 2015 car, the STR10, at Jerez in southern Spain ahead iof the first preseason test at the venue.
Carlos Sainz (Car number 55 – driving duties: 1st & 3rd February): “I am very happy to be making my first official appearance as a Formula 1 driver here in Spain and I am looking forward to trying the car for the first time tomorrow. I have worked very hard over the winter on my personal fitness, as well as spending time in Faenza to familiarise myself with the team, having also done some days in the simulator. Now we have just 12 days to prepare for Melbourne, so going through all the race weekend procedures will be a priority for me, as well as putting in as many miles as possible behind the wheel.”
Max Verstappen (Car number 33 – driving duties: 2nd & 4th February): “I can’t wait for the season to start and tomorrow will seem like a very long day, watching Carlos in the car! With two days in the 2014 car at the Abu Dhabi test and the Friday mornings I did last season, combined with time spent in the simulator, I feel well prepared and I’m really up for this challenge, which is very exciting. Six days on track here in Spain and then it will be time to head for Australia and my first Grand Prix, something I have been looking forward to ever since I started karting.”