They are the only team to be running a year old engine, and that was a benefit at the start of the season while teams had troubles with the current year powerunits, but Carlos Sainz has confirmed that tide is now turning.
Having split with Renault following the high level spat, Toro Rosso were left with year old Ferrari engines for 2016. There were good result at the start of the season, to mix with the lead Red Bull team, but the gap to the leaders has increased and points will be a priority for the end of the year.
Talking in the drivers press conference on Thursday, Sainz said: “Already you know, you put a example, in Australia we managed to qualify P5 and P7 and now in places like Canada or Azerbaijan we will struggle to get into Q3, so for sure we are going a bit backwards.
“We haven’t put that many upgrades on the car since Australia, but thanks to the good effort of the team we are not that much falling back, no? And we are still in the game, we are still fighting for P5 in the Constructors’, with the same car as in Australia, which is a huge achievement, even though you take into account how many upgrades Force India and McLaren are bringing and we are still there trying to hold on.”
The team will revert to 2017-spec Renault engines next year.