Max Verstappen says Toro Rosso has made the biggest step forward out of all the Formula 1 teams after completing the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

The Toro Rosso team arrived at the last pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya with a new chassis package, including a distinctively redefined front end design. The 17-year-old Dutchman, who is in line to become the youngest driver in Formula 1 Grand Prix history, says his team has made the biggest improvements and feels prepared for the season-opener in Australia.

"I think we made a bigger step forward at the test than the other competitors which is very positive," Verstappen said. "I'm happy with the car as we made a good step forward with the new package, but it was still difficult to see where we are."

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Reflecting on his pre-season programme as a whole Verstappen said: "I would rate the pre-season test a nine out of ten. It was my best pre-season ever."

The Toro Rosso driver notched up 224 laps over two days at the last test, posting a quickest hot lap of 1m 24.527s which put him 11th on the combined times. However, Verstappen says he wasn't concentrating on quick laps, instead opting to get comfortable with the race set-up.

"I was not really looking for a lap time," he added. "For me it was more important to work on the set-up and try different things so that we know what those kinds of things do to the car which was useful to know.

Verstappen, son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, also added he's received guidance from his father as well as the team and now feels ready to race in Melbourne.

"My dad has helped me a little bit but I also think the preparation we had was very positive so now I can't wait for Australia. We did a lot of laps and that is all I could ask for.

"At Melbourne hopefully we can get into Q3. That would be a good result but at the moment we will have to wait and see. We are preparing quite well and we did everything I needed to get experience: pit stops, starts, long runs, race distance, qualifying and qualifying runs. I feel really good in the car and after having such a good winter it feels even better."

Toro Rosso will spend the next few days working through the data collected during testing before heading to Melbourne for the Formula 1 season-opener between 13-15 March.