Feb 11, 2016

Carlos Sainz meets his new car at the factory of Scuderia Toro Rosso

The Spaniard has done the seat-fitting and has discovered the steering wheel of the STR11

Yesterday, Carlos Sainz finished a three-day stage at the factory of Scuderia Toro Rosso in Faenza (Italy), where he joined his team and participated in the crucial preparations that are still going on for the winter tests. On top of that groundwork, defined by Carlos as productive and interesting, he jumped into the cockpit of the STR11 to do the seat fitting for the new season.

The main purpose of this short week of work was to get to know the brand new STR11, which has not been revealed to the public eye yet. In meetings with his engineers, he learned about the singularities of the car, from the aspects of the chassis and its suspensions to the characteristics of the Ferrari engine, which this season will replace the Renault V6 Turbo unit. The Spaniard also had the opportunity to hold in his hands the new steering-wheel, which is different not only in parameters but also on buttons in comparison to the previous one. He will memorize its new functions before the debut in Barcelona, scheduled for the February 22nd.

Carlos was already eager to start the new Championship, but this feeling grew even more when on Thursday he spent several hours in the STR11 making his seat, which in the end will fit perfectly to his physiognomy. Comfort is crucial for a driver, as a good driving position will minimize the risk of suffering muscular pain or injuries. These can be critic because of the extreme G-Forces generated by single seaters, especially in case of collision.

A Formula One seat weights about three kilograms and its fabrication process takes several hours. The driver enters the cockpit -which is covered with a polythene bag filled with a dual component foam or polystyrene- and holds the wheel just as he had to go out on track, to ensure he enjoys good mobility. The bag and its content will slowly adjust to the body of the driver and create the mold that will later be scanned in 3D just so the team can produce the final product, which will be made of carbon fiber.