Formula 1. The end of the season: Toro Rosso — when there is no choice

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

Completed season of the Royal race and iSport.ua summarizes the results for the Italian team of the concern Red bull Toro Rosso.

Expectation and reality

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

At the end of last season about Toro Rosso were all sorts of rumors, which had even sent a team from king motorsports. The reason for these rumors were the engines that the team received only a week before the completion of last season and unfortunately the team Franz Toast got the motors from Ferrari specifications. The management team with such strong riders like Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, hoped to get the fifth place in the constructors ‘ championship.

Pre-season tests all went well. The Italian stable was a good speed, and the chassis STR11 was great. Another plus is a reliable powerplant, which tests did not force the team to worry about wraping a respectable mileage.

In the first Grand Prix the team has shown good speed and after the first four races of the pilots Toro Rosso were able to score 17 points. Then between teams Red bull and Toro Rosso has happened castling: Verstappen moved to Red bull, and devastated Daniil Kvyat returned to the Scuderia for a long time could not find himself, showing poor results stage by stage.

If using aerodynamic innovations team could just put on tracks with lots of turns, then the high-speed tracks has been a complete failure. Because of last year’s motors Ferrari – Toro Rosso too much to lose on the straights, which prevented her to fight for points with teams that can count on the engine upgrades during the season. Especially those failures became noticeable after the summer break, after which the team only three were able to come to points. Unfortunately, for the fans and leadership of the team Toro Rosso failed to catch on in the fight for sixth place in the constructors ‘ championship. In the latter stages in all the interviews of the pilots and leaders only meant one thing-this season is over and come the offseason.

So Toro Rosso for the third time in a row, finishing in seventh place in the constructors standings.

The performances of the pilots Toro Rosso

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz

Daniil Kvyat

Max Verstappen

Held Grand Prix

21

17

4

Place in individual competition

12

14

5

Glasses

46

4 (25)

13 (total 204)

The best result in the race

6-e (Spain, USA, Brazil)

9-e (Singapore)

6th (Bahrain)

Quick circles

0

1

0

To finish ahead of teammate

10

2

1

Gatherings

4

5

1

Victories in the qualifications

12

6

3

The best result in qualifying

6th (Hungary, Singapore)

7th (Europe, Singapore)

5th (Australia)

To get to the second segment

20

11

4

Getting into the third segment

9

3

3


Let’s start with Spanish rider Carlos Sainz, who performed better than anyone expected. In each race talented pilot squeezed the maximum out of the car and earned the lion’s share of points for the constructors ‘ championship. This season he was the clear leader of the season, though after the fourth stage he had an unpleasant incident. When Kvyat was shown the door from the team Red bull, then immediately the science has a chance, but the owner of the group Helmut Marko has chosen Dutchman, which could not hit to the ego Carlos. The Spaniard showed good pace and at some point he wanted to sign in a factory team Renault, but the Bulls have blocked this transition and extended the agreement with its pilot.

Go to the Russian pilot Daniil Kvyat, for whom this season is better to forget as a bad dream. In the first race he could not adapt to the team and failed in the Grand Prix. Then the success in the form of a podium at the Grand Prix of China, after the Grand failure of the home stage in Sochi, where the Russians at the start twice rammed Vettel at Ferrari. He immediately went a lot of talk at the end of which, Kvyat was sent to Toro Rosso, which is too painful blow to his ambitions and psychological state. In the first race after the return of the Russians was clearly not at ease, but towards the end of the season he returned to the fight, and has earned a contract from the French Toast to the season 2017.

As for max Verstappen, in their first races of the season for Toro Rosso, he managed to Shine in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Australia, and then effectively came to the finish in Bahrain on the fifth line. This was followed by a gathering in Sochi because of problems with the machine, after which he was taken to Red bull, where he shone with new colors, but we’ll cover that later.

Best Grand Prix

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

If you choose the best race for two active racers Toro Rosso Sainz and Kvyat, then perhaps we will stop at the Grand Prix of Spain. Home stage for the Spaniard Carlos Sainz turned out great. He had qualified and after the epic collision of two cars Mercedes and all were in third place, behind the two riders Red bull. Unfortunately, due to last year’s Ferrari engines Sainz failed to hold the position and he got the finish in the sixth spot. Daniil Kvyat finished tenth, and even more of a surprise was his fastest lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, which was the first for the Russians.

The worst Grand Prix

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

If we talk about the worst stage, then it is possible to allocate two races.

The first is a race in Baku for the European Grand Prix, where both drivers out of the race on the first lap because of suspension damage.

The second is the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. All three training sessions for Toro Rosso had failed for two drivers because of a problem with a wheel rim, which tire exploded. In the end, only at the last moment, the FIA has allowed the machine for the qualification, which also was not too successful. The race was even worse: Quat came down because of problems with the gearbox in the middle of the race, after which he reached the boxes alone on the bike. As for science, he spent a good race, but then it crashed Jolyon Palmer and the Spaniard had to go.

Expectations from the season-2017

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Торо Россо — когда выбора нет

About the expectations from the next season, the most important advantage for the team is the transition to the motors Renault and getting rid of last year’s Ferrari engines which the team is frankly suffered.

Next season will be significantly changed technical regulations, the results of which machines vary greatly. The main question is: “will there be Enough resources and funds to build a competitive chassis to compete for a place higher than seventh place.” A lot to say on this subject, and we can only wait for the next masterpiece in the construction of race in the execution of James Key and his technical staff.

This season the team has proved more than once the fact that the aerodynamic novelties they have everything in order and they greatly help. The main thing to take into account another factor, that should allow ambitious teams in Renault and McLaren.

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