It’s been another successful day for Toro Rosso in Jerez, holding down the top spot for most of the session and with seemingly impeccable reliability throughout.
The Ferrari powered STR5, piloted by the Swiss Sebastien Buemi, was again on form today after a damp start to Thursday’s session, producing a 1:20.026, only to be beaten in the closing stages of the session by Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi. Toro Rosso say that they had run the STR5 on slicks all day after a washout session yesterday. It also gave them a chance to test the car under different fuel loads and with all of Bridgestone’s dry compounds.
It may be Toro Rosso’s first independently built car, but so far, it’s looking better than the Red Bull, perhaps because of a lack of testing for RedBull so far, who missed last week in Valencia.
Buemi had this to say about the day:
“Today, in the dry, we were able to do a lot of laps, as the car ran reliably. We tried various set-ups and ran with different fuel loads, so we are beginning to get a better understanding of STR5 in general.”