Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost: “Sochi wasn’t an easy race weekend for us”

Carlos Sainz Jr scored a point for Toro Rosso in Russia - Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Franz Tost admitted his Scuderia Toro Rosso team struggled during the whole weekend at the Sochi Autodrom, especially down its long straights.

Despite this, the Team Principal of the Faenza-based squad was happy to take a point away from the event, with Carlos Sainz Jr making the most of the opportunities presented to him to finish tenth, while Daniil Kvyat finished twelfth.

“Sochi wasn’t an easy race weekend for us, as we struggled with the speeds on this circuit’s long straights,” said Tost. “Therefore, we didn’t manage to do a good qualifying session yesterday.

“As for today’s race, in the end, both cars saw the chequered flag and Carlos managed to score a point, which is important for the Constructors’ Championship.”

Tost hopes the upgrades they will be bringing to the next race in Spain in two weeks time hopes they can regularly get amongst the leading midfield runners again.

“We knew from the beginning that this would have been a tough race for us, but we are positive for the future and looking forward to the next race in Barcelona,” admitted Tost.

“We will be bringing some upgrades there – let’s see what the rest of the teams do, but I’m confident we can get back into the fight for the top positions of this intense midfield battle.”