Max Verstappen believes this year’s Toro Rosso is a marked improvement over the car he drove during Friday practice sessions last season.
Speaking after running almost 100 laps during the final day of testing at Jerez, Verstappen says the team achieved a lot over the course of the test.
“We did a lot with the car and it was very important for me to get used to the new car and I think we’ve made big steps forward,” he said.
“We can do a lot of laps and the Renault engine is performing well at the moment, so we can’t complain.”
However, Toro Rosso technical director James Key insists that the team have not yet shown their hand when it comes to the new car’s performance.
“Our focus has been entirely on reliability, while allowing the drivers to experience every aspect of the job,” said Key.
“We haven’t done any work on performance so far and we will not do that until the end of the month, therefore we are not looking at our lap times for now.
“The important topics are reliability, consistency and driver work, to tune the car to their requirements and give them as much preparation time as possible.”