Gasly hopes STR can maximise testing time
11 January 2018 – Pierre Gasly believes Toro Rosso-Honda must ensure it establishes a reliable base early on, in order to maximise track time during Formula 1's limited pre-season testing schedule.
Toro Rosso has linked up with Honda, taking up McLaren's supply, after the Woking-based team brought an end to its three-year partnership.
McLaren-Honda's pre-season plans were often hampered by setbacks, ostensibly due to Honda issues, felt most acutely in 2015 and 2017, leaving the team on the back foot.
Gasly, preparing to contest his first full season in Formula 1, is hoping that Toro Rosso can avoid similar pitfalls when testing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next month.
"At the start of February, I'll be going to the Toro Rosso factory in Faenza," Gasly told the official Toro Rosso website, looking ahead to 2018.
"We already did a preliminary seat fitting for the 2018 car, but there will be more to do on that front, as well as ensuring everything is set for the first test in Barcelona.
"Testing will be very busy with a lot of work to do, especially as we have a new engine partner.
"The important thing at the test will be to have a reliable package so we can do as many laps as possible and get a good understanding of where we are with the car, the engine and how the package is planned to evolve.
"There are only eight days of testing before Australia and that really isn't very much.
"I am very motivated about all this and I can't wait to start driving again and prepare for the season.
"To be honest, right from the start of December, it's all I've been thinking of!"