Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost reckons the team’s 2015 campaign ranks as the best in its Formula 1 history.
Although the team fell one place short of matching its best-ever constructors’ standing finish of sixth in 2008, Toro Rosso believes it fulfilled its purpose of bringing talented rookies into the sport, with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz both impressing in their maiden F1 campaigns.
Because the Faenza-based outfit used a customer Red Bull chassis in 2008, Tost reckons that this season can be considered, in reality, its best ever.
“In the last 10 years, Toro Rosso has improved its performance year by year,” said Tost.
“Of course 2008 was a special season, but we had a car designed by Red Bull Technology and under the lead of Adrian Newey.
“This year we were out with our own car, designed and built around the lead of our Technical Director James Key, and therefore this season is for sure the best so far.”
Unreliability main weakness
Tost nonetheless highlighted reliability as a major area that Toro Rosso, which is reverting to Ferrari power next year after two seasons with Renault, needs to focus on improving.
“We've scored 67 points, which is double the number we've scored in the past, and so far I must say the season from the performance side was quite good,” he added.
“From the reliability side not, because we had many non-finishes for whatever reason, and we must work very consistently to prevent a similar number of non-finishes next year.”
Interview by Federico Faturos