Toro Rosso: Max settled in smoothly

Verstappen Barcelona Toro Rosso

After a first outing in Jerez de la Frontera, Scuderia Toro Rosso was back in action at the Catalunya track, home to the Spanish Grand Prix, for a further four days of testing.

Max Verstappen was driving and will alternate with Carlos Sainz over the four days.

The Dutchman was the busiest driver on the opening day, completing the highest number of laps.

Verstappen said, “We didn’t get as much done in the morning as we would have liked, but in the afternoon, we picked up the pace and I completed almost a race distance.”

“I’m very pleased about managing that, as it’s the first time I’ve done that many laps and it was a very useful experience. The same goes for the pit stops and the other race procedures that we practiced,” added the teenage rookie.

Toro Rosso chief race engineer, Phil Charles said, “A productive start to our second test session of the winter, with Max having his first experience of Barcelona at the wheel of a Formula 1 car and he settled in smoothly.”

“Apart from a small problem around lunchtime, the day’s programme went to plan. In the morning, we carried out some useful chassis tests, while the afternoon was given over to going through race procedures and pit stops, particularly useful for Max, but also for the team as a whole,” concluded Charles.