Toro Rosso: Vettel finally tests the new STR3 at Paul Picard 

Written by David on May 14th, 2008 at 10:06 pmLast Update: May 14th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Toro RossoSebastian Vettel had finally the chance today to test Scuderia Toro Rosso’s new car, the STR3, as the team began a three day testing session in the South of France, at Paul Picard circuit. Apart from the usual challenges of running a new car, this test is further complicated by the fact the first two days are held on a tight, short track designed to simulate the streets of Monte Carlo, while the final day – Friday -¬† is played out on a layout with a far longer straight, so that teams can work on their Montreal settings.

There were a few teething problems that restricted running in the morning, including a faulty timing transponder, which is why our correct number of laps is 99 and not 91 as reported in other news sources.

Vettel ran through all the standard new car checks: setup, functionality, car balance, performance as well as trying both types of tyre, the “soft” and “supersoft” Bridgestones that will be available in Monaco.

Despite the fact these tyres are really a bit on the soft side for the smoother but more abrasive Paul Ricard track, Sebastian was happy with the balance of the car. Tomorrow, Sebastien Bourdais takes over in the cockpit.

source: Toro Rosso 

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