Once again, Toro Rosso’s STR10 made an impressive performance. F1 rookies Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen had a productive Friday at Sepang, earned 57 and 53 laps in that order across both free practice sessions.
Max Verstappen clocked the seventh quickest time in the first practice and set the eighth quickest lap in second free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman has already seen enough in the STR10 to convince him that Toro Rosso’s ambitious target of fifth in the 2015 constructors’ standings is achievable. Also, he is very pleased with Renault powered STR10’s performance.
“We have the objective of finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship. That’s what we’re going for – and that means that we have to score points. I think the car is capable of doing it – so it is up to us to pull it off!” Verstappen told Formula 1’s official website.
Question: The STR10 seems to be on a pretty similar level to the Red Bull RB11, although there’s a suggestion that the Renault power unit works better in your car. Is that so?
“I don’t know anything about how it works at Red Bull – I just can say that our car feels very right. Toro Rosso has built a very good car.” Rookie added
The young ace targeting points finish in the Malaysian GP – “Yes, you could put it that way. (laughs) It was not so bad to finish both practice sessions among the ten fastest cars. It is not so easy on the tyres I have to admit, but we’ve managed to handle that.” The young Dutchman said.
“For the second session we did some changes to the set-up and I was very happy with the balance of the car. There is always room to improve, but for the moment it is really going quite well. Let’s see where that positive feeling brings us tomorrow in qualifying. And for Sunday the plan is to finish – finish in the points! Never forget: the objective is finishing P5 in the constructors’ standings!”