Jaime Alguersuari believes the difference between the tyres this year is so great HRT could be faster than Ferrari on occasions.
Speaking to reporters in Barcelona he said: “You could see Hispania running faster than Ferrari if they are on new tyres and Ferrari were on worn tyres. You could see Hispania overtake Ferrari.”
The Toro Rosso driver explained how the new tyres required drivers to change their style: “You use more of an endurance style rather than sprint races style.
“The rear tyres are very important. They degrade quicker. When you are driving you have to be very careful. Degradation on all tyres was massive.
“Getting the right strategy can be good for small teams by risking an aggressive strategy.”
The STR6 has attracted attention with some promising performances in testing so far – though Alguersuari said he has not done any qualifying simulations yet:
“I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think I will be doing any tomorrow and I am bit worried about going to Melbourne without testing the soft tyres on light fuel loads but I have to trust the team on this.”
He said expects to be in the hunt for points every race this year and the team’s main competition will be “Force India and Sauber.”
He added: “I think we are right behind Williams.
“The car has more potential than last year. Buemi thinks the car is good also.
“Obviously it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be a different year and I don?óÔé¼Ôäót say it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be easy because we have a good car. I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be very difficult because if we are faster, we need to score some points in every race to be ahead of our rivals.
“I think it will be difficult for everyone with the new tyres, more stops, we will see.”
Quotes and additional reporting by Leandra Graves
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