The laps today in the Toro Rosso STR8 allowed Vergne to familiarize himself with the new car.
Jean-Eric Vergne: “It was really nice to be back behind the wheel for the first time this year. At the start of the morning, I was getting used to being in a Formula 1 car again and a brand new one of course, the STR8. After that, we immediately started doing some useful work and again in the afternoon we learned some important things about the car. Our aim today was not to find the perfect balance but to get as much work done with what we had, to get through the items on the test schedule and learn a lot. Today was also the first time I have worked with my new race engineer, Phil Charles and I must say it went well and I think that the acclimatisation period between us will be much shorter than I had anticipated.”
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.423 kms
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR8 chassis number 01
Best time: 1:19.247
Scuderia Toro Rosso