Current Spec Engines a must for Toro Rosso in 2017 – Tost

Franz Tost - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Scuderia Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost will demand a 2017-specification power unit supply next year rather than the year-old supply like they’ve received this season.

After ending their partnership with Renault at the end of 2015, Toro Rosso were left without a power unit until late in the day when Ferrari decided to supply the team with 2015 units, but Tost insists that nothing less than a 2017-spec engine is acceptable next season.

“We have to get the same specification,” said Tost to Autosport. “Because of last year’s late decision, we were in the corner and we had to take what was offered to us.

“This year, we’re in different situation. We want the same spec next year.”

Despite running with the 2015 power unit in 2016, Tost admitted that he is happy with the performance of it so far, with the team having taken a best finish of sixth in the opening five races, once for Max Verstappen in Bahrain and then for Carlos Sainz Jr in Spain, with the team currently fifth in the championship standings with twenty-six points on the board.

“We’re quite happy with the performance of the engine,” added Tost. “From the performance side, Ferrari provides us with good material.”