May 17, 2016
Scuderia Toro Rosso is back in action at the Catalunya track, home to the Spanish Grand Prix, for a further two days of testing. Pierre Gasly was driving today and he will hand over driving duties to Daniil Kvyat tomorrow.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Driver: Pierre Gasly
Best time: 1:24.821
Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
"Last year Pierre did a good job for us in the young driver test days and he has done another excellent day for us today. We got most of the planned program completed with a large number of aero characterization runs in the morning and then a set-up program accomplished just after lunch. His runs were consistent and his feedback was concise. We were just about to 'set him off the leash' for some performance runs at the end of the day when a systems issue stopped the car from running. We are currently looking into it – it's a pity we could not get to see what Pierre is capable of."
Pierre Gasly (Car 38)
"It's always fantastic to drive a Formula 1 car and I'm happy with today. The most important was to do a good job for the team, as well as getting plenty of mileage under my belt. In the morning we completed aero tests and in the afternoon we focused on the car set-up. Unfortunately at the end of the day, when we were just about to go for some performance runs on Soft tyres, we had a little issue, so we had to end the day a bit earlier than planned... But I'm still pleased, as we could anyhow complete many laps today, which is always important for me to gain experience. This is my second time driving with Toro Rosso and I have to say I felt much more confident – knowing the team and the procedures better definitely helps. It doesn't mean it's less pressure on me, as you always need to deliver and do a good job, but the fact that it's not completely new to me any more makes me enjoy the driving more. I look forward to another outing with the team hopefully in the near future."