It’s a black art reading too much into pre-season testing performances as we have written before, but one team that has – surprisingly and – consistently featured at the pointy end of the timesheets has been the Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Switzerland’s Blick newspaper has been quick to label the new Ferrari-powered STR6 as the “Wunder Auto” (wonder car) after a series of very competitive outings to-date in the pre-season tests at Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona.
On the Saturday of the recent Barcelona test, Jaime Alguersuari came within a whisker of knocking Sebastian Vettel from the top spot of the timesheets, while team-mate Sébastien Buemi was third-fastest on the final day of testing at the circuit.
Of equal importance is that the STR6 has proved to be a reliable machine, and the overall signs seem to indicate that the outfit might do better than its ambition of finishing in seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship this year.
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