Wittman elated after F1 test with Toro Rosso in Austria


2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann felt elated following his test for Toro Rosso in Austria on Wednesday, calling it an “amazing experience”.

Toro Rosso confirmed last October that Wittmann would be testing for the team in the future as a reward for winning the DTM (German touring car) title for BMW.

After completing a run in a 2012 car at Imola in December, the German driver finally got his first taste of a current Formula 1 car at the Red Bull Ring as part of the test following the Austrian Grand Prix.

Wittmann completed 158 laps on Wednesday in the STR10 car, finishing one second down on pace-setter Nico Rosberg in fourth place.

“This has been an amazing experience for me,” Wittmann said. “I was surprised at the power of the car; if I compare it to DTM, it’s got quite a lot more power!

“I enjoyed the whole day, which was trouble free, so I was able to do a lot of laps. I’m happy with my day, I hope the team is too. I would like to thank Red Bull, Scuderia Toro Rosso and BMW for giving me this great opportunity.”

It is unclear whether Wittmann will get any future opportunities with Toro Rosso, but his attention will now be turning back to his title defence in DTM. After two rounds and four races, the 25-year-old lies 13th in the championship standings, with the next races taking place at the Norisring this weekend.