Rushed Out To Service
At times they must feel like the forgotten team of the Formula 1 grid. Everyone remembers the front runners, even the midfield cars, and now with the new teams hogging the headlines as well, Toro Rosso have took a rather far away back seat.
The team launched their new 2010 car on Monday, on a day which many headlines were focused on Felipe Massa’s and Michael Schumacher’s return. But it was still a massively significant day for Toro Rosso, for the first time in the team’s short history they built their own cars. Red Bull Racing were no longer allowed to supply the chassis to Toro Rosso, the STR5 was born.
Which does come to a surprise that the STR5 debuted its car before sister team Red Bull’s RB6. So whilst Red Bull are applying the finishing touches, Toro Rosso are pacing around the Valencia circuit in the first Formula 1 test of the year.
But my main concern for the team is that it could have been a bit too early for them to show the car out to the world.
Felipe Massa once again set the fastest time of the day, a rather impressive 1:11.772, which is more likely to be down to a glory run, but it was still over two seconds quicker than Toro Rosso’s representative Sebastien Buemi.
Is the car slow? Or have they decided to put a bit more fuel in than the rest of the teams? I’m afraid it could be the former.
Yesterday, Buemi was again over two seconds slower to the time topper of Massa, but this time still managed to be ahead of Robert Kubica. However, the time of the Renault vastly improved today, the Toro Rosso did not.
“We still had some minor issues, but we were able to fix these. By the end of the day we have collected a lot of data to analyse, which will help us to get a better understanding of the new car.”
I’d love Toro Rosso too succeed, they are very much an underdog team now without the main support of Red Bull anymore. But this season, unless they do some rather major updates to the car, I can only see them back of the pack along with the new teams.
And once again being forgot in the world of F1.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:11.722 124 2. Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari (B) 1:12.056 96 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:12.256 108 4. Kubica Renault (B) 1:12.426 119 5. Rosberg Mercedes GP (B) 1:12.899 119 6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:13.377 102 7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:13.823 107