The achilles heel of the ultra-fast RB3 (in 2007) was that the hydraulic system would break down if the car had the slightest jolt. By leaving it so late to launch the new car they’re giving themselves very little time to iron out any faults!!!
With this major overhaul of the technical regulations, the bigger teams will be able to reach much quicker than us because we simply do not have the resources – Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost
TV viewing figures in Formula 1 broke through the 600m barrier last yr
A part fell off the car on its first exploratory lap, the car is a subtly different colour (they call it Rosso Perlato) and this is because the paint saves 1kg in weight.
Also, You do not have to use the same engine for three races in a row, for example, you can save them. So you could avoid using the same engine for Spa and Monza, both really tough tracks on engines.
Domenicali says that the upcoming test in Portimao will be of key importance because it will give the top teams the opportunity to see where they are in relation to the opposition and that will dictate the strategies for the next two months
But how much can we really tell about how good the new cars are from watching testing?
Tomorrow we’ll also see the launch of 2009 version of Toyota – fingers crossed!
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