Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit – 5.554 kms
Driver: Luiz Razia
Car: STR7 – 03
Best time: 1:44.691
Along with five other teams, Scuderia Toro Rosso has stayed on in Abu Dhabi for the Young Driver Test. Today, Luiz Razia was at the wheel of the STR7, chassis No. 3, last raced in the Italian Grand Prix, back in September.
Luiz Razia: “I enjoyed my first experience working with Toro Rosso today, on a track I know well, having driven here in 2010 and ’11. In the morning, the team had various test items it wanted to work through and in the afternoon, we looked a bit more at establishing a base line on the car. As far as the tyres are concerned, I found it relatively straightforward as they seemed quite similar to those supplied by Pirelli in GP2. As for all the buttons on the steering wheel, I had some time before driving the car to get used to them, so I soon got the hang of it. Overall, it was a good day as the car ran troublefree and I was able to do a lot of laps.”
Laurent Mekies: “This was Luiz’s first day working with us and he acquitted himself well, quickly getting into a rhythm and running at a good pace. He appeared to be physically fit enough for the work, completing 67 laps with no problems. This meant we got plenty done, on a day when the track conditions were nice and stable throughout the session. In the morning we did some aero testing, switching to brake system evaluation in the afternoon.”
Tomorrow, Johnny Cecotto Junior takes over at the wheel, before Razia returns to the cockpit for the final day on Thursday.