BARCELONA TEST – DAY 1
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 4.655 kms
Driver: Pierre Gasly
Car: STR10 – 02
Best time: 1:27.639
After five Grands Prix, the Formula 1 teams, or at least nine of them, were taking part in the first in-season two day test session of the year. Driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso today was Pierre Gasly, a Red Bull Junior Driver, who is racing in GP2 this year and like his F1 colleagues had been racing at the Barcelona track just two days ago. On his first test in a Formula 1 car, the Frenchman made no mistakes and managed to complete the second highest number of laps on the day, an impressive 131.
Tomorrow, Carlos Sainz takes over at the wheel of the STR10.
Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
“A very productive day, during which we managed to complete the full programme we had planned. We started the day doing some runs to check aero data and also ran a tyre programme. In the afternoon, we did some brake testing while continuing to work on tyres. Pierre acquitted himself very well, showing that he had the right approach, building up speed gradually. He did a professional job all day, completing a lot of laps.”
Pierre Gasly (Car 38)
“It was a wonderful day. This morning, getting into a Formula 1 car for the first time was something special. The feeling you get from the car is unbelievable. Everything is almost perfect, with elements like the power steering for example and of course there’s much more power than in the other formulas and you have more grip too. I really enjoyed the experience and I made the most of it, doing a lot of laps. All drivers dream of driving a Formula 1 car and having now done it, I am even more determined to reach my goal of racing in this category. It was awesome and I can’t wait to try it again. Thank you Red Bull and thank you Toro Rosso.”