Spanish racer Jaime Alguersuari is feeling very upbeat about Toro Rosso’s chances as Toro Rosso's STR6 is predicted to spring a few surprises in 2011the team enters its second season as a fully independent constructor.

With the new STR6 having shown impressive pace in pre-season testing so far, the car’s form has prompted leading F1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Jenson button to predict that the new car could spring a few surprises this year.

Some of the clever innovations on the new car include some lower-placed exhaust outlets and an innovative ‘double floor’ – a concept not tried since Ferrari’s disastrous ‘twin floor’ F92A in 1992.

And with the team having given itself the target of finishing eighth in this year’s Constructors’ Championship – an improvement of one spot on their 2010 effort – Alguersuari reckons that the team could punch well above its weight in 2011.

“We will fight for points at every race,” he told Spanish sports daily, Marca, while adding that the ban on double diffusers and the return of Pirelli as the sport’s sole tyre supplier “have favoured us”.

He added: “I think we will be competitive.”

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