Scuderia Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has admitted that the reliability of the Italian team in the first half of the 2015 Formula 1 season has not been good enough.
The Red Bull B-team entered 2015 with an all-rookie line-up for the first time since its debut back in 2006 as Max Verstappen, 17, and Carlos Sainz Jr., 20, formed the youngest pairing in the history of F1.
Despite their relative inexperience, both drivers have put in some impressive displays in their first ten races in the sport, with Verstappen hitting the headlines by finishing fourth last time out in Hungary.
However, Tost is refusing to get ahead of himself over the team’s performance in 2015, believing that its lack of reliability has been a disappointment.
“Yes, we do have a good car, we have two fast drivers and we have a team that is doing a reasonable job – but our reliability is simply not good enough,” Tost told the official F1 website.
“Yes, Max’s result in Budapest was fantastic – but we should not forget that we’ve had ten races so far and that should ideally mean that we’ve seen the checkered flag 20 times – but we’ve only seen it eleven times.
“That is not a good enough percentage. You cannot expect to talk from a successful operation if you do not finish a race nine times. We are seventh in the constructors championship because we simply lost too many points.”
Tost was more excited about the performances of Verstappen and Sainz so far this season, saying that both had proven that they deserve to be racing in F1.
“I have to say I am more than satisfied,” Tost said. “Both have proven that they deserve to be in F1.
“Mistakes and spins are part of the education process, so that is all forgiven. If you want to go to the limit you can only find it when you spin or crash.”