Toro Rosso – The Heroes In Austria This Season

Toro Rosso had an exciting season with its new partner Honda as the 2018 alliance achieved a splendid 4th position in Bahrain. It was their 2nd race together and they did perform brilliantly. Currently, they are in 8th place in Constructors Championship. They are closer to the midfield as they are just 21points below McLaren who are in 5th place with 13 more races to go. To cover the gap fast, Toro Rosso did come up with some latest updates to Austria which was planned prior to the commencement of the season. It includes new bargeboards, brake ducts, floor, and front wings.

The Italian team faced problems related to correlation last year as the new inclusions did not deliver results as expected. However, there were enough reasons to smile this Friday for Toro Rosso team. The technical director of Toro Rosso, James Key said that the team is living up to his expectations. They had certain bits on an experimental basis which helped them gain some guidance in the season. The new upgrades are working as per the planning and they plan to do a whole lot of detailing. There is a bit of analysis to be done in the light and some pending work will soon be completed. Key also added that the development of the team is entirely dependent on the way the package works in Austria.
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BAHRAIN TEST: RICCIARDO LEADS MORNING

The opening morningBahrain in-season Formula 1test had Daniel Ricciardo setting the pace as Red Bull focused on trying to extract more single-lap speed from its car.


Australia’s Ricciardo whose programme just before the lunchbreak was to make a series of short runs, went on to set the best time of 1m32.349s during one of these run, thus knocking Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes off the top of the timesheets.

Hamilton whomade the bounce back from an early morning problem that brought out a red flag, continued with his intense programme.

Mercedes was hoping to make a better use of this week’s running to get a better understanding of tyre management. However, their day did not start on a good note as just 15 minutes into running, Hamilton’s W08 came to a halt with an ‘electrical disconnection’.

The team was plagued by further frustration after it took track officials almost 15 minutes to get his car back into the pits. However, the issue was quickly resolved and he got back to running.

In the end, he came off with a best lap time of 1m32.822s, one which was 0.473 seconds slower than Ricciardo. Continue reading BAHRAIN TEST: RICCIARDO LEADS MORNING

Joining The Exclusive Grid By Being In Pace

The Formula F1 race too has a lifespan but it becomes a challenge when the wrap up piece has to be written.

Butcher’s son from Rotherham, John Booth was in the centre of operation of the team of Marussia. He wanted his team to be in the Australian Grand Prix. The name of the grand prix is Manor and the assets of Marussia include a host of transporters, cars, test lab and servers. They were all sold before the Christmas.

In 2015, the Manor Grand Prix has entered into the world of Formula F1 race. It is a known fact that the company does not have many assets left with them however, but mechanics which are out of date of 200 in number will try to compete in the exclusive grid of motor cars. Continue reading Joining The Exclusive Grid By Being In Pace

Toro Rosso To Make His Debut This Year

Toro Rosso will be running the new F1 car in the pre season test for 2014. This is the first time that he will be driving a new car and Jerez will be the perfect place for him to start. Daniil Kvyat the rookie driver confirmed that Rosso will be there in the testing phase at Jerez which starts this January.

The Russian who is just 19 years has made tremendous progress in the field of F1 and that is the main reason why he has been selected. Till now he only participated in the GP3 races but from now on it seems that he will be a regular participant in the F1 as well. He will be filling the spot left open by Daniel Ricciardo the Red Bull and this is a huge opportunity for Rosso to grab it with both hands. His schedule has already been declared and he is also preparing accordingly. The 19 year old confirmed about the seat fitting which he had already done and it is only a matter of time before we see him on the tracks.

Kvyat is very hopeful about the teenage driver and regarding him he said that he will be visiting the factory in the month of January and meet Rosso personally. Before he drives it is important for him to be in the stimulator and when Rosso goes to Jerez it will be interesting to see what he does with the car and whether he gets a good feel with it or not. When asked about the testing procedure he said that the testing order will be an interesting thing to observe. Many people think that it is an advantage to drive on the first day but Kvyat thinks otherwise. He is of the opinion that driving on the second day would be the best to decide what drivers the team would send.

Scuderia Toro Rosso appoint Kyvat

Formula 1 team Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that young driver Daniil Kyvat will be the man to step into the shoes of Red Bull Racing bound Daniel Ricciardo for the new season in 2014.

The selection of the 19 year old Russian has taken almost all at the paddock, considering that he has got no experience as a Formula 1 driver and the fact that many were seeing Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa as the favorite driver to replace Ricciardo in the sister team of Red Bull Racing and partner Frenchman Jean Eric Vergne.

Kyvat is a GP3 driver and with his appointment at Scuderia Toro Rosso, he becomes the second ever Russian to race in Formula 1 following in the footsteps of Vitaly Petrov.

Sauber F1, another big name on the grid, are also considering the promotion of young Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin to the first team for next season ahead of the first ever Russian Grand Prix next season which will take place in the Black Sea resort at Sochi.

Helmut Marko, the motorsport advisor of Red Bull stated that the young Russian had impressed one and all in training and free practice sessions and he looked at ease in his car as well and that was one of the major reasons for him winning a seat in the team.

However, according to detractors, with the Russian Grand Prix set to be inaugurated next year and money pouring in from Russian sponsors to the various teams, the appointment of Kyvat by Scuderia Toro Rosso as well as the potential appointment of Sirotkin are nothing but a marketing ploy to make more money and stabilize the teams, considering the fixed budgets they have to operate with if the teams form part of the middle of the grid.

KEY JOIN TORO

Toro Rosso recently appointed James Key as their technical director. He has been in charge of the aerodynamic department in the last year, and he has now said that the team has made significant progress in this regard. He was brought in as a replacement for Giorgio Ascanelli, and he has said that the aero department is a place for the team has made great progress in the last year. It was believed that the team board thought that they were not making enough progress in this department during the regime of Ascanelli despite having vast resources at his disposal.

Key has said that the team has been developing ideas and concepts in this aspect, and he is confident that the team will be able to demonstrate this progress on the track as well. The team has not changed the wind tunnel that was previously used. The Bicester windtunnel allows Toro Rosso to use only a 50% scale of the car compared with the 60% followed by the sport’s governing body. This does not put the team at a disadvantage according to Key. He has admitted that it is a disadvantage, but not at a scale where it warrants the shifting of base.

The Italian town of Faenza is the base for the team and Key hopes that it will remain the same.

“Although I’m not trained in aero, I’m very aero-biased and spend a lot of time getting involved in it because it’s so important. It was clear we needed to make it [aerodynamic performance] more prominent and it has certainly stepped up. We are delivering a lot of stuff to the track and lots of different concepts and ideas have been developed. It is not perfect, but the good thing is that it’s not telling us wrong things,” said Key.

Vergne hopes to drive for Red Bull Racing

Jean Eric Vergne, the driver for the Toro Rosso team is of the belief that he is still very much in the running to replace Mark Webber at their sister team Red Bull Racing’s hot seat for the 2014 season. And although most critics and pundits have effectively written off the chances of Vergne to replace Webber and see it as a straight fight between his team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, he still sees chances as bright.

Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing named Vergne along with Ricciardo and Raikkonen as their three short listed drivers to replace the departing Australian in the new Formula 1 season but Horner was also the man who effectively all but ruled out the Toro Rosso driver from the running earlier in the week.

Vergne, however, countered stating that he still believes in his chances, adding that there is always a chance and he would love to drive for Red Bull Racing. It has been speculated that the reigning Constructors’ Championship holders have already a deal in place for the Finnish driver Raikkonen, who won the Drivers’ World Championship back in 2007 and that was one of the main reasons why Mark Webber left the team before being pushed out of the team in the new season.

However, both the parties have denied any such agreement being in place with Raikkonen stating that he doesn’t know what will happen in the future and whether he will at all leave his Lotus F1 team in the new season.

And this has given the Toro Rosso driver Vergne hope, where he stated that he is hoping to concentrate on his results for the team and that will help him earn a slot with Red Bull Racing in 2014.