Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has admitted that the reliability of his team’s car has been “not good enough” this season.
The Italian squad has scored 17 points so far this season, and currently lies seventh in the constructors’ championship.
However, its drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat have failed to finish nine times this year, a reliability rate that Tost says is simply unacceptable.
“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 confessed to Toro Rosso’s 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.”
Despite the recurring reliability issues, Tost says he is relatively pleased with the performance of the STR9, noting the fact that the team has scored points at six different races this season.
“The pure speed of the STR9 is at quite a high level and in some races, our performance was really good,” he added. “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.”
The Toro Rosso team boss concluded by noting the positive impact of Daniil Kvyat, the Russian rookie having impressed in his maiden season in Formula 1 with the Red Bull junior squad.
“He is doing a very good job, taking into consideration how little mileage he was able to do before the season, he is driving very well, showing that he has natural speed, said Tost. “Equally importantly, he has had no accidents, nor has he made any mistakes. He is doing a fantastic job.”
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