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Tost: No change in Toro Rosso atmosphere since driver change

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TURIN, Italy – Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team principal Franz Tost says he has seen no difference in the atmosphere at Faenza since the change in driver line-up after the Russian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen was fast-tracked up to Toro Rosso’s senior team, Red Bull, for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat moving in the opposite direction.

One motive for the move was to defuse any tension building at Toro Rosso between Verstappen and teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., who remains with the team and is set to stay on for 2017.

At the FIA Sport Conference in Turin earlier this week, Tost was asked whether he had noticed a change in the atmosphere at Toro Rosso since the driver change was made.

“I think that we have quite a good professional atmosphere, but it’s important that the drivers feel good,” Tost said.

“I don’t see or I haven’t observed a big change.”

As part of the changes at the team, former Marussia and Manor F1 president John Booth joined the team on a consultancy basis as director of racing in tandem with his commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

When asked by NBC Sports what effect Booth’s arrival had on the team, Tost said: “It was good.

“John came in, he’s experienced, he can support us on the strategy side and regarding matters for the race team.”

Tost also confirmed that the decision to bring in Booth had been largely taken by the senior Red Bull team.

“It was a combination [between Toro Rosso and Red Bull] that was coming from Red Bull.”