According to Franz Tost, the team’s goal of finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship lie in their most experienced drivers.
Instead of strictly going with young Red-bull-sponsored talent, Toro Rosso has third year grand prix racer Carlos Sainz as well as Daniil Kvyat, formerly of Red Bull Racing.
Tost reckons that with considerably more experience and no rookie driver on the team will help push it towards a fifth place finish this season.
In an exclusive GP Gazette interview Tost said, “It’s absolutely the most experienced driver pairing we had in the history of Toro Rosso.”
“We can see this, because with newcomers you cannot fight for the fifth position in the championship.
“Look at the competitors around us, apart from Williams who are a little bit struggling, they are all drivers with experience, because [Esteban] Ocon was in there last year as well. Therefore the package is strong.”
Tost praised the performance of both Sainz and Kyvat, but admonished the team to give the best technical package to up their chances of winning.
“I’m really satisfied with the performance of both of the drivers. Carlos has been in Q3 in nearly all of the races. Daniil has been a little bit unlucky because of technical failures – for example in China he was in good place, but he could not finish the race because of a hydraulic failure.
“But for example in Russia in the last 14 laps of the race he was very, very fast, he was much faster than many drivers in front of him.”
“That means we must provide him with the best possible technical package and then he will do it, because from the driving skills, he is one of the best.”