Toro Rosso is working endlessly to make it on time for the first test of the 2017 Formula 1 preseason which begins at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 27 February.
Team principal Franz Tost revealed;
“From the production side, we will have to work 24/7 for a period. From the middle of January to the middle of February, we will run three shifts per day. It’s a very short period because it’s quite cost intensive.”
Teams tread a fine line of making it on time and waiting till the very last moment to assemble their new cars to maximise the incorporation of wind- tunnel results in the final package.
The two month period which culminates with cars finally hitting the track in late February is typically critical as team’s designers and production managers fine-tune their deadlines.
Tost explained “It becomes tricky when the aerodynamics department don’t want to release the drawings and they just want to gain another day. It becomes very tight but it’s a performance gain another day,”.
“It becomes always very tight but it’s a performance gain. It’s every year the same story, nothing changes. As long as you can stay in the wind tunnel and do research and development, there’s more performance you can come up with.” He said.
Team principal Franz Tost also admits that smaller F1 outfits are not awarded the luxury of time or much leeway in terms of productions schedules. He further explained that the difference with operating a smaller team was the importance of deadlines; he believed that when the deadline is set but not adhered to, there will be no action for the team.
Going further, he stressed that it was important that there was a decision made about the release date and that all team members were made aware otherwise the limit would be crossed.