The two Toro Rosso drivers gave their approval of the new Silverstone layout after today’s practice sessions, although both singled out a bump at Turn 11 which was proving a bit problematic for all drivers.
The team had trouble free day of practice and managed to gather plenty of data which will help them make the most of their cars in qualifying tomorrow.
“I think today was quite good for us, at least better than it seems from looking at our times,” said Sebastien Buemi, who finished the day sixteenth fastest. “In general I was happy with the car and we saw some useful improvements from the changes we made to the set-up and another positive factor is that we managed a good long stint on the Option tyre.
“I am pretty confident for the rest of the weekend, but we must continue to work hard. I enjoyed the new circuit layout, as the new section is attractive, although there is a big bump entering Turn 11. As usual, after FP2, we must now make a good job of drawing the right conclusions from the data we have gathered.”
Jaime Alguersuari had never taken an F1 car around this track before today but, unlike at other circuits, this was not a much of a disadvantage. “[This is] another new circuit in an F1 car for me, even if part of it is new to everyone,” said the Spaniard, who was eighteenth fastest in both sessions. “So, much of today consisted of learning the track and finding out how to set up the car.
“On the tyre front, we did a useful comparison between the two compounds, so it was an information gathering day and I expect a lot more from tomorrow. Before then, I need to look at the data to see where I am losing out to my team-mate.
“This year, every time we have been at a circuit that I had not driven before in an F1 car, I improved a lot from Friday to Saturday so I expect this will again be the case this weekend. In general, I enjoyed the circuit, apart from the big bump at Turn 11.”
Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies said that this new Silverstone circuit shows up car weaknesses, but thinks that today will provide Toro Rosso with the best opportunity to find the optimal set-up for qualifying.
“Our main objective today was to complete as many laps as possible to learn the new track layout, which is presenting everyone with an interesting and enjoyable challenge in terms of car set-up,” he said.
“We had a trouble free day and tried various set-ups on both cars, so now we have to look at the data from both cars and come up with the best solution in order to make the most of tomorrow.
“Looking at the lap times, it is clear that the field is more spaced out than in Valencia which highlights the fact this is a more demanding circuit that shows up the strengths and weaknesses of the various team packages.”