Franz Tost: “I’d like to congratulate both drivers”


Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost praised the job both his drivers and his team did during Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, having seen Max Verstappen finish fourth and Carlos Sainz Jr seventh.

Tost heaped praise on both drivers after completing a great race on the back of a difficult weekend of heavy rain and disrupted running, with Verstappen able to battle the Ferrari’s on track while Sainz climbed from the back of the field following his qualifying crash to take a seasons-high result.

“I’d like to congratulate both drivers for the great job,” reflected Tost. “We must not forget that this was their first ever race weekend here. I must also say that the engineers and the strategists worked really well, as the strategy worked out just as we expected it to, and once more the STR10 showed its potential.

“After this amazing result, I’m really looking forward to the next three races and I’d like to congratulate the whole team for all the effort put in this weekend – it definitely paid off!

“I must say that Max did an extraordinary job. Today’s qualifying session was the first time that he could properly drive here and to get into Q3 shows his great skills.

“His race was also really good: after the start he was immediately fighting with the Ferrari’s and other rivals and he was able to keep his position, crossing the line in fourth position, without making one single mistake during the 56-lap race.

“Carlos also did a fantastic job, recovering very quickly after his accident in qualifying this morning. He went from P20 to P11 in only one lap and he was able to keep this position and overtake a few more cars in front of him.”