Tost expecting “crash period” for Sainz and Verstappen

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Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost does not feel surprised by the impressive start that rookie drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen have made to the 2015 Formula 1 season, but expects both to suffer a ‘crash period’ at some point this year.

Sainz (20) and Verstappen (17) joined Toro Rosso for 2015 to form the youngest driver line-up in the history of the sport.

However, their inexperience has not held them back as the duo has secured four top ten finishes in the opening five races of the 2015 season.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Tost said that he was not surprised by their strong starts to life in F1, saying that their talent has been clear from the very beginning.

“I expected it from them because otherwise they would not drive for us,” Tost said. “They both have shown that they are capable of being in the Red Bull driver pool.

“We had a tough winter to prepare them, but we successfully managed it as the first races have shown. I always said that if we give them a fast and reliable car they will always finish among the ten best, otherwise we could never have targeted P5 in the constructors’ championship.”

However, Tost admitted that he is expecting their form to dip at some point across the course of the year, believing it to be normal for rookie drivers in the sport.

“Yes, there will come a crash period,” Tost said. “You cannot expect from such young drivers to have a flawless season, but we are prepared for that.”