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Toro Rosso’s Tost: “We were hoping for a better result today”

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HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 31: . (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost had hoped that his team of Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat would score some much needed points in the last race of the first half of the season before the summer break, but at the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring on Sunday, it was not to be.

Tost appeared frustrated by the failure to gain points, as both McLaren and Force India did, meaning that the competition for best midfield team becomes even closer.

“Definitely not the way we wanted to end the first half of the season,” commented Tost. “If I say the truth, we were hoping for a better result today – in the end, we didn’t score any points while our direct competitors did.”

The team boss also criticised the fact that both of the drivers lost time that they couldn’t afford to lose in their pit stops.

“We lost some time during our pit-stops and, even though the drivers were fighting hard, the car just didn’t have the pace to finish in the top ten.  As we scored points in nearly all the last races, we need to investigate why it wasn’t possible to do the same today.”

However, like both of his drivers, Tost is ready to put today’s race behind him and is optimistic that the second half of the season will be positive for them.

“I’m positive that we can be back in the points in the second half of the season. We just need to continue working hard. The summer break will be very useful for everyone and I expect the team to be refreshed and fully motivated to kick-off the second half of the year at Spa and at our home race in Monza.”

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