Toro Rosso drivers upbeat ahead of 2010

Toro Rosso duo Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi are confident of achieving even more success in the new STR5.

Last season was Buemi’s first in the sport, and although the Swiss driver made a number of mistakes he still managed to score points – most with superb drives towards the end of the championship.

However the 21-year-old is under no illusions about the season ahead and believes that he must continue to improve.

“To be honest, I feel a lot more confident,” Buemi told Autosport.

“First of all, I know almost all of the circuits – although Korea and Montreal will be new – and I feel a lot more confident because I know how a weekend goes. That was not the case in the past.

“Being with the same team, the same mechanics, the same engineers and working with the same people again is a really good point. It’s difficult to know what we will be able to achieve because we don’t know the performance of the other guys, but I feel quite confident,”

Jaime Alguersuari arrived in Formula One following Toro Rosso’s decision to part company with Sebastien Bourdais. As a result the young Spaniard was forced to race for the final eight races despite having
limited running.

Despite this the 19-year-old is expecting more from the upcoming 2010 campaign.

“Last year, every Grand Prix was a test, which was a big disadvantage,” the Spaniard explained to the official Toro Rosso website.

“I’ve been doing a lot of training in Austria and Spain with my personal trainer, which means we had plenty of time to get in good shape for the season.

“That doesn’t mean the job is going to be much easier than last year, because F1 is always tough. But I do feel I can be more competitive and better prepared. Last year, everything happened so fast and I didn’t know the car, the circuits or the team. This year, I will get to drive for several days before the first race, while last year I had no testing at all.”