Sébastien Buemi endured a less-than-positive start to his 2010 F1 campaign when his brand new Toro Rosso Ferrari STR5 was confined to the garage for several hours due to a gearbox issue. The Swiss driver managed to return to the track in the closing minutes of the first test day, posting the seventh fastest time of the day.

"It’s good to start testing at last," said Buemi, who managed to take advantage of a ten-minute extension to the session following an on-track stoppage for Rubens Barrichello’s stricken Williams. "This morning, we had a problem, which took a long time to analyse.

"We managed to get out again towards the end of the day, even though the fault was not completely fixed. At least we managed some running, which allowed us to work through the usual new car procedures, such as checking seat position, visibility from the cockpit, the systems and so on. It is a bit too early to get an impression of what the car is like, especially those elements affected by the rule changes."

[Image via ITV-F1]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.