Max Verstappen says he is feeling confident in the Toro Rosso STR11 as he continued to impress with the car's reliability and pace in pre-season testing in Spain.
With the car breaking cover in its 2016 F1 livery on the morning of the first day, Verstappen drove the car to 144 laps and the seventh quickest lap time of the day.
With Toro Rosso consolidating its position behind only Mercedes in terms of mileage, the young Dutchman says he is feeling good in the Ferrari-poweredcar.
“So far the package is working well. We try to learn more about it and get ready for the first few races,” he said. “It's not worse that's for sure, that's always positive. We always try to improve, though the conditions are different to last year so it's difficult to compare. I am feeling confident in the car. I think that's always important.
Even so, Verstappen admits he doesn't know where Toro Rosso factors in terms of pure pace, admitting he probably won't know until the team reaches Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.
“For me, it feels all OK. We are not chasing lap times yet. We are just discovering the car even more and get the mileage up. I think it's always very good to validate all the data you have. From there, we'll see where we end up in Melbourne.”