Kvyat says new Toro Rosso will be ready to test at Jerez

10 January, 2014

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso will be among the Formula 1 teams who will fire up their 2014 car at the Jerez test later this month.

Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted on Thursday that the Enstone based team will not be the only Formula 1 outfit missing the action when the all-new cars and turbo V6s burst into action in southern Spain late in January.

Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso will not be one of those ‘missing teams’.

The Faenza based team’s new recruit, rookie Daniil Kvyat, told the Russian publication Championat that he is currently training ahead of his first 2014 duties.

“I have already done the seat fitting for the new car in late December,” said the 19-year-old.

“I will come back to our factory in January to meet with the engineers and talk about all the new things the driver needs to know.

“Before Jerez I will probably be in the simulator. And once we are in Jerez then the time [before the season opener in Melbourne] will go very quickly,” Kvyat added.

When asked about his schedule at the wheel of the new Toro Rosso at Jerez, Kvyat admitted he is not sure how the track time will be divided between himself and experienced teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.

“The order of the testing can be seen [in] different ways,” he said. “Some fans think that because someone is the first (to drive) means something, but that’s nonsense.

“Actually I would like to drive on the second day, but the team will decide and anyway – it is not so important.”

Kvyat also responded to claims the new regulations, particularly those relating to the front nose, has resulted in most 2014 cars looking “ugly”.

“An Formula 1 car is always a work of art,” he insisted.

“Yes, there are a couple of details you have to get used to and that even I don’t really like, but in six months time no one will pay any attention to it anymore.

“The nose? It will be interesting, let’s see, but I don’t care what the car looks like – what is important is that it is quick.” (GMM)

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  • matthew

    Counting down the days to the test! I’m dying to see the new cars and see some lap times.

  • SteveisGreat

    Hell yeah Mattew! Me too!

    The Toro could surprise this season… esp with the Renault power unit, it will be even more similiar to the RBR squad and imo it would be great for Vergne to have a decent car to show his merit. Too many mechanical failures last season and I think the pressure got to him. I’m curious to see how he responds in what could be his last season in F1.

    Kyvat… if he does better than Gutierrez did in his rookie year I’ll be both surprised and impressed, tbf.

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