Toro Rosso’s 2009 car will be given its circuit debut next Wednesday, according to a report in the German specialist press.
Auto Motor und Sport claims the STR4, a Ferrari-powered version of the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull car, is to be shaken down at the Adria circuit in northern Italy on March 4, with Sebastien Buemi at the wheel.
Team boss Franz Tost confirmed that the first single seater is nearing completion in the Faenza factory, with only the “upper arm of the rear suspension” held up due to a “problem with production”. On Thursday at Toro Rosso’s Italian base, the Ferrari engine in the rear of the STR4 will be fired up for the first time.
Tost said he is happy with how the Newey chassis performed in Red Bull Racing’s hands recently. “It looks good,” he said. “I am very satisfied with what has been done so far. We must be optimistic, but we will get a better idea at Barcelona (for the forthcoming test).”
Red Bull Racing’s team boss Christian Horner confirmed that the car was debuted successfully. “Compared with our rollouts of previous years, (this) was our best. “There we no disasters,” the Briton added.