2 May 2012


Circuit: Mugello, 5.245 kms

Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne / Daniel Ricciardo

Car: STR7 – 04

Laps: 65 / 22

Best time: 1:22.422 / 1:22.588



After yesterday’s washout, the sun appeared in Tuscany today, and for Scuderia Toro Rosso it was a productive day, spent catching up the track time lost on Tuesday. In the morning, Jean-Eric Vergne was at the wheel, doing comparison tests with different diffusers and in the afternoon, the focus switched to an evaluation of different exhaust systems. Daniel Ricciardo was due to take over driving duties after the lunch-break, but his turn at the wheel was delayed to allow his team-mate to finish off a particular part of the test programme. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Daniel has actually driven at Mugello before and despite just having two short runs at the end of the day, he was immediately on the pace. He will continue driving for the final day tomorrow. The team also practiced pit stops in the final part of the session.

Jean-Eric Vergne: “In the short time I have been in Formula 1, I would say this was the best day’s testing I have done: We had no problems, we got through a lot of items on the job sheet and, as a first impression, the new elements we tested seem to work well. Daniel still has more things to try tomorrow and if we can put all the best elements of this test together, then I am hopeful it could represent a step forward in Barcelona. The team also worked well, with the mechanics having to change a lot of parts in a short space of time to get the job done, so overall, a positive day.”