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No margin for error in midfield - Toro Rosso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Toro Rosso is expecting a tough fight this year © Sutton Images
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Toro Rosso's chief engineer Laurent Mekies is expecting the margin between success and failure to be very slim in the midfield this year.

Toro Rosso finished eighth in last year's championship but had a decent season with a tally of 41 points in total. This year Mekies is expecting the fight behind the top teams to be even closer and has called on his team to get the most from its car ahead of Australia.

"We are moving in the right direction in terms of car development, which will be important, as it is going to be very tight in the mid-field and being at the front or the back of that group will be down to very small differences between the car packages," he said. "Between now and taking to the track at Albert Park for FP1, we will be working hard looking at the data to make sure we are getting the most out of our current package. Everyone in the team is very eager to get to Melbourne now and start racing."

Daniel Ricciardo was in the car on Saturday and Sunday and said he was very pleased with the work he got through.

"I have done more running this week than at the previous two tests and we have learned a lot about our new car, enough to have a basis for the start of the season. Personally, I found it very useful and I've got a clear understanding of the changes we have made these past few weeks and how the car reacts. Now I'm just looking forward to Melbourne - can't wait."