Toro Rosso brought the curtain down on the second pre-season test in Jerez with 90 laps of running from Sebastien Buemi.
The team focused on aero evalutation and general set-up work in the morning, as well as running the super-soft Pirelli for the first time this week. A light shower towards the end of the day also gave them the opportunity to do a short run on the new intermediate tyres.
“We got through the entire programme we had planned for today, so I have to congratulate the team for ensuring the car worked all day,” said Buemi. “I did 90 laps today and more than that (92) yesterday, so we can be quite pleased. I had my first taste of Super Soft and Intermediate rain tyres just at the end, which is better than nothing, as I don't suppose we are likely to get much rain between now and the first race.
“Therefore, I am satisfied with the past two days, even if we know there is a long way to go in terms of developing the car. Reliability improved throughout the test and since Valencia, so we must continue working in this direction while also beginning to think more about performance.”
Chief engineer Laurent Mekies reflected on how the four-day test had gone for Toro Rosso: “Overall, this was a good test for us, during which we completed a respectable number of laps and learned a lot about the new car in terms of reliability and performance.
“We have to keep improving now, working on getting all the potential out of the car, which is the most important target over the next few weeks. Hopefully we can achieve even more in next week's test in Barcelona.”
That Barcelona test will last for four days and begins on Friday 18th February.