[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] TORO ROSSO: TOP RESULT

Red Bull B-team Toro Rosso was one of the stars of the German Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat taking his first podium since China 2016. And the team’s first since its win at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.

After Germany, Toro Rosso sits fifth three points ahead of Renault, care of Kvyat’s amazing podium. But upgrades are needed with just two points scored in the three races before that.

The squad certainly kept its expectations in check pre-season.

SOUNDBITE (English) FRANZ TOST,
F1 DRIVER, TORO ROSSO:
“The most important part is that the team is successful, that we have a good car, that we work good together, and success for Toro Rosso is that we finish the races in the points, and this is our target.”

And while it did score points at seven of the first 10 races, more could have been earned had it not been for damage sustained in combat.

Daniil Kvyat made heavy contact with both McLarens in China, while in Azerbaijan it was with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo. Alex Albon retired in Canada, after sustaining front wing damage at the start.

Kvyat salvaged a point there, securing his best result in Montreal since 2015… when he was with Red Bull’s top team.

SOUNDBITE (English) DANIIL KVYAT,
F1 DRIVER, TORO ROSSO:
“I love coming to Canada, it’s already my sixth year, straight, I think coming here. Last year I wasn’t racing [in F1] but I was still here for the event. And had some really good times here, good races.”

And while more development is needed to help lift the squad into the top-10 on a more regular basis, it’s doing that with a new-for-2019 technical director in Jody Egginton… 

…who stepped up to replace James Key pre-season, from his former role of deputy technical director, which he held at Toro Rosso from 2017. The Brit starting his career as a race engineer at Midland-turned-Force India.

The fight is on for Toro Rosso to earn its best result since 2008, and with some more luck it may just achieve it.