Is Giorgio Ascanelli leaving Toro Rosso? 21 July, 2012 Franz Tost with Giorgio Ascanelli Jul.21 (F1 Media) Franz Tost did little on Friday to dispel speculation that Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli, who is not present in Hockenheim and according to the team is ‘on holiday’, is leaving the Italian team. Rumours in the paddock have been suggesting that his absence may become more permanent. When asked directly during the FIA Friday press conference, Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost refused to be drawn, saying: “I can only tell you that Giorgio Ascanelli is on holiday and there’s confidentiality between the two parties. That’s all that I can say to this.” When pressed on the matter Tost replied “Sorry, I’ve said everything.” After a good start to season, in which they took points in both Australia and Malaysia, Toro Rosso have been left behind by the rest of the midfield pack, failing to score in the last seven grands prix. Nevertheless, Tost struck an upbeat note, suggesting that luck had not been with his squad and that better things could be just around the corner. “The season’s not over yet,’ he said. “We started the season quite well. We scored points at the beginning and then we struggled a little bit. For example, in Monaco, Jean-Eric Vergne was in seventh place ten laps from the end but then it started to rain a little bit and di Resta and some others passed him. In Valencia, Daniel had a good chance to score points but then he had a crash with Petrov. “I think that we will come up with some new upgrades for the next races and I hope that it’s wet tomorrow here and on Sunday because it looks as if the car and the drivers together are quite competitive in the wet. And I’m quite positive and optimistic for the second half of the season.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsSainz takes back seat after Verstappen signingWolff says he advised Verstappen to sign for Red BullRed Bull on the defensive over Verstappen debutVergne: Toro Rosso was a good school I learnt a lotTeenager Verstappen the big talking point at SpaMarko: The older drivers need to step on the gasVerstappen: This opportunity is a dream come trueVerstappen to replace Vergne at Toro Rosso in 2015Toro Rosso set to scrap anteater noseVerstappen plays down 2015 Toro Rosso race seat reports Butterfly They kicked him out because of the failure of this year’s car, like Ferrari did last year with Aldo Costa.