Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost: “To finish in the points here is a very good result”


Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR12 - Hungarian GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost was pleased with the squad’s performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, following a positive weekend, and an excellent result going into the F1 summer break.

Tost believes that the seventh place for driver Carlos Sainz Jr. was the best result they could have hoped for, as they did not quite have the pace to see off McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver Fernando Alonso at the Hungaroring.

The Austrian also felt Daniil Kvyat’s eleventh place finish was a solid result, considering where the Russian had started the race from, following his three-place grid penalty after qualifying.

“Carlos had a great start to today’s race and was racing in P6 by the end of the first lap.

“He defended this position against attacks from Alonso in a very good and professional way. He then came in for a pit-stop, which I have to say was a fantastic one – we did it in around 2.0 seconds, it was very fast!

“Therefore we stayed in front of Alonso, even though later on he was able to overtake Carlos – his car was simply faster today.

“Carlos brought the car home in seventh place, and I think this was the maximum he could get out of the package today.

“Regarding Daniil, he was in a very difficult situation, starting from P16 after the three-place grid penalty he was given yesterday.

“He started on the soft tyres and gained two positions straight after the start. Our calculations made us leave him out as long as possible on those tyres while the other cars, racing on super-softs, were coming in to pit.

“This allowed Daniil to race in free air, even though he did find traffic at times – especially at the end with Magnussen, who was on the super-soft and it was therefore difficult to overtake him.

“In the end Daniil finished in eleventh position, which was the best possible result for him today.”

“The team did a very good job over the weekend. We improved the performance of the car from Friday to Sunday and to finish in the points here is a very good result to go into the summer break with.

Having finished the first half of the season on a high, Tost says Toro Rosso will come out fighting for the Belgian Grand Prix after the break.

“We will certainly push again next time out in Spa-Francorchamps!”