The Toro Rosso duo of Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari completed 142 laps between them over the first two free practice session which took place in Monaco today.
Rain did arrive towards the end of the afternoon session in Monte Carlo, but there was not enough to warrant the use of any wet-weather tyres.
Buemi finished the two practice sessions 10th and 12th and sounded positive at the end of the day. “It went well and I am quite happy with what we achieved in the two sessions. We had no technical issues at all, which is very good, as it meant I did a lot of laps.
“The new parts we have put on the car here seem to be working well. There is a big difference in behaviour between the two types of tyre: at the moment, the Option seemed to develop quite a bit of degradation, although it might be less by the time we run again.
“It means we have quite a clear picture therefore of how to manage the tyres in the race. Anyway, here we have plenty of time to analyse what we need to do before Saturday, even if the rain at the end of the session meant it was harder to assess everything properly.”
Jaime Alguersuari, who had not driven around the track in an F1 car before today, had a technical problem which disrupted second practice. The Spaniard still managed to complete 65 laps, and expects his performance will improve as the weekend progresses: “It certainly felt different to last year, when I raced here in the World Series!” said Alguersuari. “It was a good testing day and even though I was stopped a bit before the end of my long stint in FP2 with a technical issue, I was able to complete a substantial number of laps.
“I think we know in what direction we must go to improve the car a bit more before qualifying and I should also pick up speed as I get more experience on the track. Both types of tyre suffered with degradation, but we have an idea what we can do on the car set-up side to deal with this.”