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Toro Rosso Technical Director Giorgio Ascanelli has described the team’s work on its car’s bodywork as ‘a very ambitious concept’ ahead of the 2011 season, but admits that climbing up the order will be tough in the squad’s quest for eighth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
2010 saw Toro Rosso endure what was statistically its worst season since entering Formula 1 five years ago, although Ascanelli believes that no predictions can be made based solely on the outfit’s work in the winter break, with this year’s car being its second since being obliged to design the chassis without assistance from subsidiary company Red Bull Technology.
“It’s a bit early to say, isn’t it?” he told GPUpdate.net when asked if he was happy with the team’s 2011 development work so far. “‘Happy’ is a state of mind. When you have less things to play with, you have less things that can go drastically wrong but you also have less things that can be an advantage.
“We hope the KERS is okay because the transmission is the same as last year, so if it doesn’t fall into pieces it’s alright and if it falls into pieces then you’ve got a problem.”
When questioned on what Toro Rosso can achieve this season, Ascanelli’s response was somewhat philosophical. “We’re not using the same amount of man power, we’re not using the same amount of time in the wind tunnel, so we’re going to do our best but sometimes the best is not good enough,” he concluded.
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