Tost: Too many deficiencies on reliability front
29 July 2014 – Franz Tost says Toro Rosso must improve its reliability during the second half of the Formula 1 season.
Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat have combined to score 17 points this year and, while Tost believes the team is "on the right road", he reckons there are far "too many deficiencies" in terms of durability.
"We are not where we should be in terms of reliability as we had eight non-finishes out of the first 18 car starts, or nine races," said Tost, Toro Rosso's team boss, in his half-term report on the squad's official website.
"That is not good enough and it is something we must work on. In mitigation, some of this lack of reliability stems from the fact that serious pre-season problems with the power unit meant we were unable to complete many miles in winter testing.
"Effectively, we have encountered problems in races that normally would have been resolved before then. [But] in addition, the team has not been perfect, making mistakes that led to faults like suspension failure.
"The solution is straightforward: we simply need to be more disciplined in order to avoid making further mistakes in the second half of the year.
"We need to sort out our reliability issues as soon as possible, so that we can finish in the points in the remaining races."
Despite the team's issues, he added there are still positives to draw from the first half of the year.
"The pure speed of the STR9 is at quite a high level and in some races, our performance was really good," he pointed out.