Sainz Jr to debut Toro Rosso at first pre-season test

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It was announced yesterday that the Toro Rosso team has confirmed its driver schedule for the first 2016 pre-season Formula 1 test.

The opening four-day event will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from the 22nd-25th February.

Teams and drivers will then return to the Spanish circuit from the 1st-4th March for the second and final winter test.

The plan is for Carlos Sainz Jr to debut the team’s new, Ferrari-powered STR11, Toro Rosso confirmed to the media yesterday that the Spaniard will drive the car on Monday, before handing over to team-mate Max Verstappen, who will sample the 2016 car for the first time on day two.

Sainz Jr will return to the cockpit of the STR11 for day three, with Verstappen concluding the Italian outfit’s running at the opening pre-season test.

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