Toro Rosso will be back in action this week with another straight-line test at Vairano – with Jaime Alguersuari at the wheel – to evaluate its new ‘F-duct’, which was finally launched in the lead-up to Italian Grand Prix.
The item was removed from the STR5 “after a few laps” of running at Monza, with the team’s chief engineer Laurent Mekies adding: “It was never our intention to run it for the weekend.”
Despite the absence of the device, both STRs proved particularly quick in a straight line – however, Sébastien Buemi ran quickest through the speed trap in the opening practice session when he had the device fitted.
“Maybe we can have it on the car for Singapore,” the Swiss driver said, before adding: “If we continue like this I hope to be able to fight fair and square with the Williams and Mercedes in the final races.”
With Toro Rosso currently lying tenth in the Constructors’ Championship standings on ten points – having targeted sixth during the launch of the car at the start of the season, one will certainly be hoping (for their sake) that this particularly ambitious performance increase can be met.
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