All week long, the weather forecast had predicted rain for today and unfortunately, it proved to be accurate. However, with only 12 days of pre-season testing in total, no opportunity to run the car can be missed and, even on the damp track, the Toro Rosso team got plenty done.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
Jean-Eric Vergne, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8

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In the morning, when there were some dry moments, Jean-Eric Vergne did some aero work, while the afternoon was given over to assessing the Pirelli wet weather tyres, which like the 2013 slicks, are different to those used last year.

The final part of the afternoon was spent giving the race team some valuable pit stop practice.

Jean-Eric Vergne: “Another productive day, even with the rain. We had many things to test, especially on the aero side and I feel we got some good answers.

Later, it was useful for me to drive on the Extreme and Intermediate Pirellis and I got a good understanding of how they behave, even if the conditions were extremely cold, so it was actually surprising we had rain and not snow!

Now I am looking forward to the final test, which will be very important for everyone.”

The final pre-season test will take place at this track from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March. Our drivers will run alternate days in the cockpit, with Vergne doing Thursday and Saturday and Ricciardo Friday and Sunday.

Scuderia Toro Rosso