In 2017, not only the fight for the championship will be one of the high points, but also the intense dispute over the fourth position in the constructors ‘ , for which at this moment opositan six teams.
But there are two teams that are especially optimistic after the first week of test: Renault and Toro Rosso. In the case of the French training, the leap forward with respect to 2016, seems already evident, and now it only remains to see how big it will be. The RS17 has been praised by the pilots and engineers of Renault and Jolyon Palmer speaks of the pleasant surprise that has been verified in the track progress. “I Think that the quality of the works is what we suffered last year and we’ve taken a big step forward this year, we have much better tools to reduce the disadvantage. Clearly we have progressed well and also the balance of the car is much more consistent. It is very manageable, in every moment we know what to expect. It is a pleasant surprise for the moment”, recognizes Palmer, whose team aims to finish the season in the top 5 of the constructors ‘ championship as a prior step to the fight for the podium in 2018, and the title in 2020.
Toro Rosso, also top
The case of Toro Rosso is something more surprising has been the team that less miles have been completed in the first week of test, even behind McLaren-Honda. But Franz Tost, head of the team, believes that in terms of the drawbacks mechanics are solved, the STR12 will seriously lead the intermediate group. “I’m optimistic that Toro Rosso is at the head of the intermediate group. The car seems to go well, be quick, and pilots are doing a good job. If we keep everything under control in the technical aspect, I am convinced that we can achieve our goal”.
James Key, Technical Director of the team of Faenza, think that their top-rivals in that sense will be Haas and the above-mentioned Renault team, admitting that it is difficult to assess to Force India and Williams. “I Think (the pace of) Haas is quite reasonable. We have to see how it evolves next week and in Melbourne, but have done a good job. With Renault could be set, we’ll see. They seem more competitive than last year”.
The case of McLaren and Sauber is also complicated to interpret, but James Key is not optimistic about these two formations. “it is Not a lack of respect (not to mention Sauber and McLaren), but I have asked you to name who I think is going well. I don’t think that we can count on none of these two teams at this time. I think that McLaren, like us, had several tragedies the past week. Clearly you have not completed a full program yet, so I don’t think it’s easy to comment on it, but I’m sure that all of the world is very fast”. sentenced James Key.