Tost: Abiteboul comments were 'stupid'
11 November 2017 – Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost has refused to back down from the squad's statement, in which it reacted angrily to Renault's suggestions that it was to blame for recent power unit issues.
Toro Rosso has been hindered by power unit issues in recent events, with both cars set for grid drops in Brazil, the second straight event for Pierre Gasly, and third for Brendon Hartley.
Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul suggested in an interview to Autosport that Toro Rosso could be culpable for the failures, due to operational procedures.
Toro Rosso issued a strong statement on Saturday morning, in reaction to Abiteboul's comments, in which it put full responsibility on Renault.
Tost maintained the rhetoric and refused to back down from Toro Rosso's earlier statement, commenting that Abiteboul sparked the row with his initial interview.
"The statement was a reaction to Cyril's interview yesterday, where he blamed the team for the power unit failures, which is absolutely wrong," Tost told Sky Sports.
"If we do something which is not okay then we tell it, but MGU-H failure or shaft failure is nothing to do with installation of the power unit.
"The fact is that we don't get new parts, we are just changing old parts from one power unit to the other, therefore we are suffering and therefore we have reliability issues.
"We are also not happy about this as we pay a lot of money, we just expect new, good material.
"If we change the power unit, I expect getting all the grid penalties that we get a new power unit with new MGU-H, MGU-K, new turbo, all these parts should be new, then we don't have a problem.
"If we change from one old engine to other old parts then you cannot expect [that] the reliability reaches a high level."
When pressed further on Renault wanting an apology, Tost replied: "What should I apologise for? For all the damages we have?
"I am also upset, then both [of us] are upset. Who started all this nonsense? Cyril yesterday with his stupid interview.
"Should I say, 'Oh fine, good interview from him, we accept it'?, No we don't accept it. Therefore we came out with our statement. That's it, nothing [more] to say."