Having been in Jerez since Monday, taking a keen interest in all the work the team was doing, Daniil Kvyat finally got his first taste of track action ahead of the 2014 season. Car trouble however made sure that the Russian could only do 9 laps throughout the day.
The team stated "a problem with our systems" as the reason that after 8 laps, they had to work a long while to get the car ready again. And when they finally managed to get it out 10 minutes before the end, the car stopped on track once more.
"Clearly, the team has had a difficult time over the past four days, even if this was always a possibility given the rule changes."
Daniil Kvyat agreed with the team that it was a very difficult 4 days, especially given that he needs the tracktime to get to know Formula One and the STR9.
“As a rookie with so much to learn, this week in Jerez has not been the start I would have wanted", Kvyat said. "However, I trust my team and I trust Renault, so with some hard work, I am sure we can be in better shape and start to catch up at the next test. There have been a few positives, because we have acquired some useful data, even with limited running. Some questions have therefore already been answered and I was able to get a feel for the car in wet conditions.”
The Toro Rosso engineers and its partners now have two weeks to study the situation and be much better prepared for the next four days of testing that get underway at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on 19 February.