Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says the reliability of the team's car is “not good enough” so far this season.
Both Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat scored points in the opening race of the season and Kvyat followed that up with tenth place in Malaysia, but since that point a number of problems have prevented the team from scoring in two consecutive races. Reflecting on the season so far, Tost says it is a priority for the team to deliver a more reliable car after the mid-season break.
“We are not where we should be in terms of reliability as we had eight non-finishes out of the first eighteen car starts, or nine races,” Tost told the official Toro Rosso website. “That is not good enough and it is something we must work on.
“In mitigation, some of this lack of reliability stems from the fact that serious pre-season problems with the power unit meant we were unable to complete many miles in winter testing. Effectively, we have encountered problems in races that normally would have been resolved before then.
“In addition, the team has not been perfect, making mistakes that led to faults like suspension failure. The solution is straightforward, we simply need to be more disciplined in order to avoid making further mistakes in the second half of the year. We need to sort out our reliability issues as soon as possible, so that we can finish in the points in the remaining races.”
However, based on what he has seen so far this season Tost believes the car will be consistent top ten finisher if the team can iron out its reliability issues.
“The pure speed of the STR9 is at quite a high level and in some races, our performance was really good. If we look back to the start, we immediately scored points with both cars in Melbourne and we were in the top ten again in Malaysia and China. Later in the first half we had a points finish in Canada, we got both cars into the top ten at the British Grand Prix and more points in Hungaroring.”