Toro Rosso sure of quicker pace

By on Friday, April 10, 2015
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Toro Rosso duo Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr are sure of a strong weekend for the squad despite finishing outside of the top 10 positions during second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Both drivers believe that their lowly positions in the timesheets was down to missing out on a qualifying simulation due to the red flag being brought out for Felipe Massa's crash in the second session.

Verstappen nonetheless reckons Toro Rosso still has to make progress with its STR10.

"It was a bit of a difficult day today, to be honest," he said after placing 14th. "I wasn’t really happy with the balance of the car in FP1, so we tried to improve it for FP2.

"It was better but we still need to find a bit more pace. Of course, we were also not able to complete the ideal lap this afternoon because when we went out the red flag came out. There’s definitely room for improvement and hopefully we can do a better job tomorrow."

Sainz Jr was one position further back in 15th place.

"We managed to go through today’s plan with no issues, so I’m happy with that," he said. "FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that.

"It’s a nice track, I like driving here, it’s challenging and different to other circuits, which is good. FP2 was more focused on tyre life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good."

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