Scuderia Toro Rosso are planning on running the factory on 24/7 to ensure the new car is ready for winter testing and the new season.
The Italian based team is looking to maximise the available time to get their new car up and running for the new season, especially with the major changes to the regulations. The changes will be wider front and rear wings with bigger tyres that will make the cars faster and more aggressive looking with lap times expected to be around five seconds faster than the 2016 season. For Red Bull’s sister team this change will see a round the clock approach taken to get ready over a four week period before the first test on 27th of February in Barcelona.
It is also not the first time the team has taken such an approach with a similar strategy taken on the run up to last season as well. That time it was due to the lateness of securing the teams engine deal. The balance for the teams is hard to reach as they want to give designers the most time possible yet still get the machines ready in time for testing and racing. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost knows it will be tight but that it could be the decision that brings better results.
“It becomes tricky when the aerodynamic department do not want to release the drawings and they just want to gain another day,” he said. “It becomes always very tight but it’s a performance gain. It’s every year the same story, nothing changes.”
Tost did admit that the time to run 24/7 would be for one month as the process is ‘cost intensive’. It was reported that they will run on three shift cycles to ensure the car is developed as much as possible before the start of testing. For a relatively small team (albeit with some Red Bull backing) this is a major investment for them and this is the reason for only a month. It will be interesting to see if this will provide Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat the car they need to get them further up the grid and challenge with the likes of Force India and Williams for that fourth place best of the rest postion.
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