9:46 – Pierre Gasly believes Toro Rosso-Honda must ensure it establishes a reliable base early on, in order to maximise track time during Formula 1’s limited pre-season testing schedule.

Toro Rosso has linked up with Honda, taking up McLaren’s supply, after the Woking-based team brought an end to its three-year partnership.

McLaren-Honda’s pre-season plans were often hampered by setbacks, ostensibly due to Honda issues, felt most acutely in 2015 and 2017, leaving the team on the back foot.

Gasly, preparing to contest his first full season in Formula 1, is hoping that Toro Rosso can avoid similar pitfalls when testing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next month.

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