In the last Major Awards, the results of Toro Rosso and the performance shown by STR11, especially if compared with those shown at the beginning of the season, have been anything but spectacular. The Italian team has not only lost the train of a Force India that has finished hunting Williams, if not has been overtaken by McLaren, both on the track and in the standings.
Many of the ills of the team have been attributed to the new parts that Toro Rosso was implemented in the Grand Prix of Germany. In the previous seven races, Carlos Sainz had scored in all except its abandonment in Baku, she took two good Q3 consecutive and even Daniil Kvyat accompanied him in the points at Silverstone. From Hockenheim, Sainz has not entered into any Q3, Kvyat has not passed the Q1 and has not obtained a single point, with two 14th seats as the best result in three races.
This sudden drop took Toro Rosso to employ a large part of its resources during the Grand Prix of Italy in search for the root of the problem and potential solutions. To do this, they took several pieces of the old package of the car, and both vehicles were alternating between the new and the ‘old’. When asked about the topic, Carlos Sainz has been argued not to consider the package of Hockenheim is the only problem that keeps them back, to the couple that highlights the work of your team to locate them:
“I don’t think so. The team does not believe that all the problems are there. But, just in case, have done a great job riding again the old package, even being a expenditure of money, to try to make a comparison and see where the differences are. The team is doing a great job with this: most people of ‘aero’, two different packages, change them… efforts to try to understand them. have Already collected all the data and you are doing a lot of analysis“.
The fruits of these experiments will be tested in the Singapore Grand Prix, one of the races most favorable of the year for Toro Rosso due to the lesser relevance of the power unit in front of the chassis. Sainz is aware of this, and asserts that it will be a litmus test to assess the objectives of the team in the last six races of the year:
“Our main objective is to get to Singapore with clear answers about what has gone wrong. Our second half of the season begins here, and will be a key race for us, because it will dictate our level of performance in a circuit that, in fact, is good for us. If in Singapore, we continue to suffer as we have done up to now, we will know that we have a tough stretch ahead. If we return to the Q3 and the points, we may still have some faith in the second half of the season is not bad”.