Scott Speed thinks proving the legality of his car, or demonstrating his commitment to the sport, are likely to be the least of his worries this weekend in Australia.
The Californian, who was a late confirmation by Toro Rosso after taking criticism from co-owner Gerhard Berger about his laid-back ways, told reporters that the STR2 arrived in the drivers’ hands too late to make an early impression in 2007.
“It’s been a struggle for us because we got everything so late and we’re still having quite a bit of problems,” Speed, 24, said in Melbourne.
“It’s such a huge difference for us this car to last year. It’s so much more complex and all the guys are still getting used to it.”
Faenza based Toro Rosso’s car last year was based on the 2004 Jaguar, but in 2007 the single seater is designed by Adrian Newey and near identical to the Renault powered machine run by sister team Red Bull.
Speed, whose single seater boasts Ferrari engines, explained: “I think it’s going to be a slow start for us but I think we have a car that’s got a lot of potential.
“By the end of the season we should be in the points a few times.”