Planned to create some interesting photos and film footage, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat took part in an against-the-clock challenge involving a paddle board. These are a cross between a surf board and a canoe that the Australian lifesavers use to power out into the water to rescue swimmers, surfers and sailors who run into difficulty.
For a while it looked like it wouldn't happen as the Melbourne weather did its worst with heavy rain forcing everyone off the beach and back into the event venue, the famous Stokehouse Restaurant. But then, true to the phrase that Melbourne can have four seasons in one day, the sun began to appear, the rain stopped and Carlos and Daniil were able to get in their wetsuits and tackle the course: it involved running 100 metres on the beach, grabbing the board, paddling out on the ocean to a buoy and then turning back to shore.
While our Russian driver adopted the unusual technique of actually lifting his board and running through the waves, our Spaniard used the more traditional method of dragging the board: maybe that's why Carlos was quickest of the two, according to the timing on the Casio chronograph.
This is the second year that Casio has partnered our team and for 2017, the Japanese horologist has updated the Casio Edifice Limited Edition Scuderia Toro Rosso watches as worn by the drivers and team members.