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Toro Rosso – 2011 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 10/04/11


Sebastien Buemi
(STR6-02)
Pos. 13th
“I made a good start, passing Rosberg and was running well, closing up on Kobayashi and Schumacher, but at my first pit stop, I had the impression that the Pit Lane Speed Limiter had not been engaged. I immediately pressed it again, which deactivated it, so I speeded in the pit lane and picked up a ten second stop-go penalty, which I felt was a bit severe, as usually you get a drive-through penalty which loses you less time. After that I gave it my best shot but it was not enough to get a reward for the work, as I felt we could have got the Force Indias and at least finished ninth. I only changed tyres twice and it’s true that the last few laps were very difficult because of the degradation.”

 

Jaime Alguersuari
(STR6-03)
Pos. 14th
“I need to analyse this race with the engineers, because to be honest, I don’t really understand what happened: we were slow and the tyre degradation was very high, higher than on Friday. I struggled to clean the graining off the front tyres and was losing performance with every passing lap. On the positive side, I made a good start, gaining a few places. But soon I found I could not keep up with the guys in front. Given the difficulties I had, I feel that finishing the race was in itself an achievement and the best I could do today.”

 

Franz Tost
“Both drivers made a reasonably good start, with Alguersuari completing the opening lap in eleventh place, one ahead of Buemi. On lap 8, Sebastien passed Jaime, showing a very good pace at this stage of the race, closing up on those ahead of him. We called him in for his first pit stop, but the Pit Lane Speed Limiter was deactivated and because of this, he exceeded the limit and was given a ten second stop-go penalty. From then on Seb’s race was compromised and if it had not been for that, he could have been in the fight for ninth place. As for Jaime, he struggled with rear tyre degradation and I think it would have helped if we had put him on a three stop strategy, instead of two. Fortunately, our closest competitors in the championship did not pick up that many points today, so we are still in reasonable shape in the Constructors’ classification. However, the mid-field is very close at the moment, which means we have to do a better job, starting in Shanghai in a few days time.”

 

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – BARCELONA TEST – DAY 4


BARCELONA TEST – DAY 4    , 21 February 2011
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4,655 kms
Driver: Sebastien Buemi
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:23.550, 90 laps

The third pre-season test session finished today at the Catalunya circuit, with Sebastien Buemi bringing the fourth day to an end with ninety laps and the third fastest time to his name. His programme was similar to the one followed with Jaime Alguersuari, with a mix of short and long runs today, using all the types of Pirelli tyre with the exception of the Medium. In addition, the Swiss driver also worked on car set-up work and brakes.

Giorgio Ascanelli: “This has definitely been a productive four days for us with a good number of laps completed. We addressed all the technical issues that came to our attention at the previous test in Jerez, although as you move forward and make progress, you always discover new problems. But 90 trouble-free laps today means that this is a positive end to our time in Barcelona.”

Sebastien Buemi: “Today went well and I am happy with what we achieved. We gotthrough the entire programme we had planned and did enough laps to improve our understanding of the various types of Pirelli tyre. Along with the two other drivers, we gathered a lot of data over the past four days here in Barcelona and it will be important to analyse everything very carefully to find the right way to move forward in terms of reliability and performance, when we tackle the final pre-season test session. The team, at the track and back at the factory worked well to deliver a car reliable enough to do plenty of laps, which is always the most important thing at this point in the year.”

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – BARCELONA TEST – DAY 3


BARCELONA TEST – DAY 3 20 February 2011
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:28.329, 42 laps (morning session)
Driver: Sebastien Buemi
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:26.155, 31 laps (afternoon session)

The third day of the third test session of the pre-season saw Scuderia Toro Rosso run two of its drivers: in the morning, it was Daniel Ricciardo who is our reserve driver, running during Free Practice 1 at the majority of Grands Prix this season and, after the lunch break, his place in the cockpit was taken by Sebastien Buemi. The Australian began the day on Extreme Pirelli rain tyres, switching first to intermediates and then to slicks when the track dried out from the rain that fell last night and briefly, this morning. This provided interesting data in terms of overlapping tyre performance as the track surface conditions changed. In the afternoon, Swiss Seb concentrated on set-up work running two sets of slicks. He continues driving for all of tomorrow, the final day of the Barcelona test.

Daniel Ricciardo: “It was an interesting morning in changing conditions, especially as I was one of the first to switch to slick tyres as the track dried this morning. I was pleased to be able to test a few different compounds so the day was more productive than we expected, especially in terms of learning more about the crossover point from wet to intermediate to dry tyres. Now, I am not due to drive at any further test sessions, so my next time in the car should be during Free Practice 1 at the first Grand Prix.”

Sebastien Buemi: “Even if I did not do so many laps this afternoon, I think the work we did was productive and it means we have plenty of sets to run with tomorrow, to increase our understanding of the different tyre types. We also evaluated some elements aimed at increasing downforce, which was interesting and now I just hope it is dry all day tomorrow, so we can get plenty of laps completed.”

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – BARCELONA TEST – DAY 2


BARCELONA TEST – DAY 2 ,  19 February 2011
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 kms
Driver: Jaime Alguersuari
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:23.519, 97 laps

Jaime Alguersuari completed his second and final day of testing here at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, during which he did a respectable number of laps on a day that featured fewer red flags than yesterday. The Catalan driver had a busy programme, all of which was completed by the time the flag fell at 5 o’clock. It included a continuation of yesterday’s brake system evaluation and an assessment of different set-up configurations to suit various conditions and fuel loads. Jaime also tried three of the four Pirelli compounds – Hard, Soft and Supersoft – again working on car set-up to suit each one. Tomorrow morning, our reserve driver, Daniel Ricciardo will have his second outing in the STR6, following on from his half day in Jerez, before Sebastien Buemi takes over for the afternoon and Monday.

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – BARCELONA TEST – DAY 1


BARCELONA TEST – DAY 1 ,   18 February 2011
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 kms
Driver: Jaime Alguersuari
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:25.638, 57 laps

The third of four pre-season test sessions got underway in the same conditions that brought the previous one to an end: last week, rain arrived for the final minutes at Jerez de la Frontera and a wet track from overnight rain, was the main feature up until around eleven this morning at the Catalunya circuit. The opportunity was not wasted and our local boy, Jaime Alguersuari, immediately put in a good 20 lap run on Pirelli’s intermediate tyre, gathering useful data for ourselves and the sport’s new tyre supplier. Once the track dried, the slicks came out and two runs were completed before the lunch-break which is compulsory at this track. The afternoon’s work included a brake system evaluation. The Catalan driver continues at the wheel for tomorrow’s test.

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – JEREZ TEST – Day two


JEREZ TEST – DAY 2     , 11 February 2011
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez – 4,423 kms
Driver: Jaime Alguersuari
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:21.214, 72 laps

Having taken over from Daniel Ricciardo in the cockpit of the STR6 yesterday afternoon, Jaime Alguersuari had the car to himself today. The good weather continued, allowing the team to work through a programme which featured three key elements; tyre evaluation, weight distribution and car set-up work. Sebastien Buemi takes over driving duties tomorrow, for the final two days of this test.

Jaime Alguersuari: “After another day and a half in the car here, following on from last week in Valencia, I feel we have made progress in terms of our understanding of the Pirelli tyres, which was one of our main targets this week. I tried all compounds except the Super-soft here and I had a good feeling from
the car with all of them, getting an idea of their different behaviour. I also made progress in terms of using the KERS and the DRS (downforce reduction system) which to be honest, does not look as complicated as I expected it to be. The important thing is that we are making progress every time I go out of the garage. In performance terms, it is still a bit too early to start drawing conclusions, especially as the lap times here vary a lot from the morning to theafternoon, but I am reasonably confident that this side of the car’s progress is on the right track. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do, but now Buemi will drive for another two days, so I expect to find even more improvements when I get back in the car in Barcelona next week.”

 

 

 

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Toro Rosso STR6 – JEREZ TEST – Day one


JEREZ TEST – DAY 1         ,  10 February 2011
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez – 4,423 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:21.755, 31 laps
Driver: Jaime Alguersuari
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:22:689, 42 laps

After last week’s launch and three days of testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso, along with all but one of the teams entered in the Formula 1 World Championship, began the second of four pre-season sessions. This one will last a total of four days and, so far, the weather in Jerez has been warm and sunny. The team put in a lot of work at the factory, making changes to the STR 6 based on data acquired in Valencia and the first day in Jerez would suggest that those changes have delivered signs of progress. Today was a milestone for a product of the Red Bull Young Driver programme, as Daniel Ricciardo had his first ever drive in a Scuderia Toro Rosso car. The Australian, who will drive for the team in Free Practice 1 at most Grands Prix this year, completed 31 laps in the morning, before handing over to Jaime Alguersuari in the afternoon.

Daniel Ricciardo: “Jerez is where I first drove a Formula 1 car, when I tested for Red Bull Racing at the end of ’09 and the last time I drove an F1 car was last November, again with Red Bull in Abu Dhabi. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but three months out of a race car is long enough. It was good to be back in the cockpit. Fortunately, I seem to have remembered how to drive! Driving the Toro Rosso for the first time was another exciting experience for me. It went well and I did enough laps this morning to get settled in the cockpit, which is important, as I hope to get a bit more track time in testing, so that I can feel confident when I get to Bahrain and run in free practice on Friday morning at my first Grand Prix weekend. I also managed to use both of the important new elements, the KERS and the DRS (drag reduction system) which seemed to function as planned and I felt quite comfortable by the end of the morning.”

Jaime Alguersuari drives all day tomorrow (Friday) with Sebastien Buemi taking over for Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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