Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost: “We had a difficult race”

Carlos Sainz Jr leads Daniil Kvyat - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Franz Tost felt it was pretty impossible for Scuderia Toro Rosso to any better than they did during the Italian Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz Jr finishing fifteenth on Sunday, but Daniil Kvyat was forced into an early retirement with a battery overheating issue.

The team principal of Toro Rosso believed it would have needed a lot of factors to be able to score points at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, including a number of faster cars dropping out, which resulted in the apparently lacklustre results.

“As we could expect after yesterday’s qualifying, we had a difficult race…” said Tost. “Nothing happened in front of us and, because of the fact that all the cars in front of us finished the race, we didn’t get the chance to score any points today.

“We called Daniil in as, in addition to a damaged floor, there was also a problem with the battery, which was overheating. There was absolutely no chance to score any points so we decided to retire him to save mileage on the engine.

“Regarding Carlos, he drove in the best possible way under these conditions and finished in P15. After Spa and Monza, we now look forward to Singapore, where we hope to finish within the points again.”