The next Grands Prix races at Spa and Monza will cause problems to the Toro Rosso according to the team’s boss Franz Tost.
The team spent the entire 2016 with a year old Ferrari Engine. For 2017, the team switched to Renault following the steps of their sister team, Red Bull. But the French manufacturers’ engines are far behind that of Mercedes and Ferrari and this will be a disadvantage in the high speed tracks like Spa and Monza.
While Red Bull is optimistic of catching up with Ferrari, Tost believes it will be a struggle.
“Mid-fast and mid-slow corners are where our car is working quite well, where the engine is not the priority as it is in Canada, Austria, Baku or Silverstone,” said Tost.
“I expect once we are in Singapore, America, hopefully also Japan we will be quite competitive.
“I expect problems in Spa and Monza because they have such long straights where you simply need the engine power and we all know that we are down there a little.”
Tost also said he is happy with the team’s progress this season although they do not have the resources of bigger teams.
The team has had a fluctuating pace throughout the season so far. Their deficit in pace compared to the top order was the same by the summer break as they had at the beginning of the season in Australia.
“We’ve upgraded the car, we made some progress, but we are also from this end budget limited,” he said.
“We cannot come up like the top teams every race with a lot of upgrades because they have three or four times the money of us.
“We really have to calculate always what we do, how we do it, and so far, I must say we have done a reasonably good job.”