Franz Tost is head of Red Bull’s nursery team Toro Rosso and thus does not have illusions of grandeur, claiming that he would be satisfied with sixth in the Formula 1 World Championship this year.
Speaking on the occasion of CEPSAs 2014 motorsport programme launch in Madrid, Tost said, “Of course I am hoping we get the best possible position. I would be happy with sixth in the Championship.”
It’s all change in Formula 1 this year with the new V6 turbo engines and some major changes to other technical aspects of the new cars which Tost believes will liven things up…
“I think 2014 will be an interesting year, especially thanks to the new rules. Hopefully the car [STR9] goes well and we have taken a step forward, as far as performance of the new car goes,” Tost added.
Despite engine problems during the first test at Jerez late last month, the Austrian team boss seems content with the team’s new car, but did not elaborate on the issues that afflicted the Renault powered teams in Spain.
Toro Rosso ditched Ferrari power at the end of last year and opted for Renault engines in line with sister team Red Bull.
However Tost was more forthcoming regarding the team’s driver line-up of Russain teenager Daniil Kvyat and Frenchman Jean Eric Vergne, who starts his third season with the Faenza based outfit.
“Daniil is a good driver and I think he can perform well in F1,” predicted Tost. “I am convinced that he can do very well this season.”
The fact that Kvyat has made the big step from GP3 straight into Formula 1 does not concern Tost, “I don’t think this is a big problem. He is very methodical and will undergo many miles of pre-season testing. I am convinced that he will be ready for his first grand prix.”
Tost has high hopes and expectations of Vergne, “If we have a good car, I predict a very good season for him because he is very fast and skillful.” (GP247)
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