Toro Rosso has always performed well as Red Bull’s B-team.
But, the 2019 season has seen the squad rise up to put its own name in lights on the board - with fifth in the constructor’s championship.
Toro Rosso has 43 points in the bag after 12 races, 10 ahead of where it finished the 2018 season on 33. 24 behind its most recent high in 2015, care of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
The team began this year, its second with an ever-improving Honda power unit, with two new drivers in Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon, for a clean slate, ready for consistent results.
There’s no doubt the highlight so far is the podium scored in Germany by returned driver, Kvyat, but points have been scored by both pilots, as was expected by team boss Franz Tost pre-season.
SOUNDBITE (English) FRANZ TOST,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, TORO ROSSO:
"We have two very strong drivers, Daniil Kvyat we all know because he was with us already and he is now quite matured and he is experienced. And Alex Albon is a newcomer, 22 years old. But he won in GP3, he won the F2 last year.”
The pair scored at six of the first seven races, with Alex Albon excelling in China, going from the pit lane to 10th, before more points at the last three - Kvyat’s Hockenheim podium its first since Italy 2008.
The Russian taking advantage of a chaotic race in comfortable shoes, a team he rejoined this year for the third time since 2014.
SOUNDBITE (English) DANIIL KVYAT,
F1 DRIVER, TORO ROSSO:
“It is very exciting to be back with the team. I know everyone very well, everyone knows me quite well here so we can kick off straight away with a lot of knowledge.”
All of which bodes well for more points in the second half of the season, with Pierre Gasly returning to replace Albon.