STR Optimistic After ‘Positive’ Friday

Toro Rosso are looking forward to a good weekend after gaining valuable experience on Friday. Jaime Alguesuari and Sebastien Buemi were at the sharp end of the action in the changeable conditions that accompanied the first session, ending up 5th and 8th respectively. However, in the second session it was back to normal for the Italian squad with Alguersuari posting the 17th best time, with Buemi just behind.

Alguesuari was quick to play down his performance in the morning, but was pleased with the car's long run potential. “We should not read too much into my P5 in the first session, which was complicated by the wet track” he said. “In the second session I did my quick lap early on, after which the conditions improved, so I am quite confident with the results of the long run. We know the track will improve tomorrow and now we just have to keep on working to follow that development”.

Buemi echoed his team-mate sentiment's on the value of the work done in the second session. “I think the long runs gave us a very good understanding of both types of tyre” he said. “I was unable to get the maximum out of the soft tyres on the first two laps, because I made some mistakes, so I am a bit disappointed with my performance in terms of pure lap time, but that's not so important on a Friday. However, it helps if you get up to speed straight away as it is important to be able to follow the development of the track”.

Laurent Mekies, the team's Chief Engineer, recognised the advantages of running in the wet/dry conditions in the morning. “We have to get used to it [the conditions]” he said “We can expect this Equatorial weather throughout the weekend, being ready to deal with sudden showers. Therefore it was good for the drivers to complete some laps in these conditions.”

The team carried out development work on the team's fledgling F Duct design with Buemi's car, but the team will not use it this weekend due to Singapore's emphasis on high downforce.