F1 backmarkers Super Aguri and Toro Rosso have this week announced significant upgrades for their cars for this weekend’s Spanish grand prix.
Like the bigger outfits in pitlane, the two independent teams used the unusually long four week gap after the Bahrain round last month to hone their packages for the start of the forthcoming run of events in Europe and North America.
The biggest changes for Toro Rosso’s STR2 single seater is a new rear wing and new sidepod winglets.
And chief engineer Laurent Mekies explained: “We have now removed all the stickers from the bodywork and replaced them with paint. This not only makes for a less resistant surface, it also brings with it a weight saving benefit.”
Honda-powered Super Aguri, meanwhile, introduced a new carbon gearbox and bodywork package at the Barcelona tests last week.
“Our goal this year is to score points,” said chief designer Peter McCool. “It would be great if we managed to achieve that this weekend.”