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Oil pressure halts Toro Rosso

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Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost confirmed that a loss of oil pressure cut short Daniel Ricciardo's schedule on the first day of testing.

Ricciardo was fifth quickest when he came to a halt at turn one in the afternoon having had a fairly productive day up until that point. The problem turned out to be a loss of oil pressure causing the engine to shut down, and Tost said that the team would have to investigate the cause to ensure it doesn't cause any issues on the second day.

"We completed 57 laps today, so we are quite pleased with the first outing of the new car which seems to have a good base from which we can move forward," Tost said. "Daniel felt confident in the car and we ran trouble free until we lost some oil pressure, at which point the engine protector did its job and stopped the car. We are now investigating this loss of oil pressure, but we are confident we can have another good day tomorrow.

"As the failure happened at four o'clock, we only lost one hour's track time which we expect to make up for tomorrow. The car looks nice but the important thing is that it should be fast. My first impression, having enjoyed the rare experience of going out onto the track to watch it in action through some corners this morning, is that the basis of the car is quite good and healthy."

Ricciardo added that the car had performed well immediately and that he'd enjoyed pushing it early on.

"Overall, a good start and I'm looking forward to another productive day tomorrow, because this car is very enjoyable to drive," he said. "It was a good feeling going fast again. It's too early to give a true assessment of the car, but out of the box this morning, it seemed balanced and quite stable. It gave me a good feeling when I put the power down."

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