Alexander Albon accepts Toro Rosso is currently counting the cost of missed points from the opening four rounds but remains confident the team’s package can claw back the deficit on the return to Europe.

Despite being regular Q3 contenders and showing the pace to fight in the midfield battle, Toro Rosso has collected just four points from the opening four rounds of the 2019 Formula 1 campaign which leaves the Italian squad second bottom in the standings.

Albon, who just missed out on points in 11th place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, says a culmination of incidents have prevented the team from bigger results despite having the pace to challenge for the top 10 spots.

Albon’s teammate Daniil Kvyat was denied in Baku after being reversed into by Daniel Ricciardo in an embarrassing clash which handed the Renault driver a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Spain.

The F1 rookie remains optimistic Toro Rosso can reel in the points gap at the upcoming races with a trouble-free weekend.

“At the minute we’re not getting the results we deserve. We've either qualified well, and Daniil proved this weekend the car is quick, and we have been quick in other races,” Albon said. “Our issue is just having always one thing or another not going our way.

“We’ll see in Barcelona. We have the data from winter testing and we’ll see how we fare there.

“I think that, points wise, compared to pace wise, we don’t have the points that our pace shows. There’s definitively missed opportunities there, because the points don’t look great.

“But we can fight back. As I said, we know the car is quick and we’ll be strong in Barcelona.”

F1 midfield leaders McLaren sit in fourth place in the world constructors’ championship but are just 14 points ahead of Toro Rosso.



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