Jean-Eric Vergne ended testing on a high-note for Toro Rosso, after a productive day for the Frenchman at the wheel of the STR9.
The Toro Rosso man completed 74 laps relatively trouble-free laps on the way to fifth fastest overall, ending the day as the highest placed Renault powered car, just a tenth shy of Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India.
”I would describe today as positive and we did some good work, especially in the morning when we got through everything we had planned to do, with everything going smoothly,” said Vergne. “I had a really good feeling from the car today.”
“This afternoon was slightly more complicated, but we still managed to get some mileage in race configuration and we learned a lot.”
The Faenza-based squad has failed to light up the timing screens throughout testing, but Jean-Eric Vergne believes that in the STR9, Toro Rosso have a capable car, which he is adamant will become apparent once the team can overcome the niggling issues that have plagued it during testing.
“These winter tests have not been easy, but we are not alone in that,” he said. “Even if there is no more testing, I know the team can work hard with our partners and fix many of these issues in time for Melbourne.
“The really positive thing is that I feel I have a good car, so once everything has been sorted out, I am sure we can be strong in the races.”
Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost added: “During these final four days of testing, we managed to complete a reasonable number of laps with the STR9.
“We made a significant step forward in terms of our understanding of the car, on both the chassis side and as far as the power unit is concerned.
“However, there is still a lot of work ahead of us to be as well prepared as possible for Melbourne.”
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