In the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage, Daniil Kvyat was on driving duty and the Russian had a solid morning, getting through part of the programme linked to some updated parts the team plans to run in Melbourne. These tests went well, producing encouraging results. However, shortly after the 30 minute lunch break, introduced for the first time at the Bahrain tests, the STR9 had a technical failure, which could not be fixed in time for the car to go out again today.

Tomorrow, Jean-Eric Vergne takes over at the wheel, when the team will be pushing to make up for lost track time.

Daniil Kvyat:“IT WAS NICE e to be in the car, even if we didn’t get through the entire programme we had planned for today. However, I feel we have made some progress. We ran the Hard Pirelli most of the time, as we were definitely not chasing performance today. I hope Jev manages to get a full day’s running tomorrow, before I drive again on Saturday.”