• First Bahrain Test - Day Four

Vergne speaks out about Toro Rosso's major problems

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Jean-Eric Vergne says there is no disguising Toro Rosso's "major problems" after the second pre-season test came to an end in Bahrain on Saturday.

After a slow start to testing in Jerez, Toro Rosso completed more laps this week but still came up against car-stopping problems over the four days. On the final day of the test Vergne only managed 19 laps due to an issue with the car's Renault power unit.

"There's no point in making negative comments, because everyone knows we are facing major problems and we are not alone in that," he said. "We knew when we came to Bahrain that there had not been enough time since the previous test to have solved all our issues.

"On the positive side, we have managed to fix some of them now. Also, even if I have not done so many laps, it's clear from those I have managed to complete, that Toro Rosso has done a good job to give me a car that feels nice to drive, if we talk about the elements that used to be the main topics before this year, such as the aero and mechanical side of the package."

Vergne said the pressure would be on the team next week in the final four days of testing.

"It's frustrating, but we need to keep calm and not get stressed as there are still a few weeks before Melbourne. We will try again here in Bahrain starting on Thursday. Clearly, in Melbourne, just finishing the race will mean you have a good chance of scoring points."

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