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Sainz worried Toro Rosso has least powerful engine

  • Published on 15 Apr 2016 13:24
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Carlos Sainz thinks it is possible Toro Rosso is already the team with the least amount of horse power on the grid. Although the Faenza team switched from struggling Renault power for 2016, Mercedes' Paddy Lowe said recently he actually thinks Ferrari's 2015-specification engine is producing the least amount of power in F1 this year.

"I worry a bit that he says that," Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz told Spanish reporters in China, "but I think that even if it is not exactly true now, it will be by mid to late in the season. Both Honda and Renault have taken a very important step and I think that by the end of the year we will be behind them," he added.

It is impressive, therefore, that most see Toro Rosso as being in the group with Red Bull and Williams that are fighting for the places behind the big two teams. Sainz explained: "I think this year the differences between the best and the worst engine are not as great as they were last year. If last year the difference was 14 or 15kph, this year it is 6 or 7," he said.

But the Spaniard's teammate Max Verstappen played down the likelihood that he or Sainz could finish the Shanghai weekend on the podium. "I think it is not realistic -- Mercedes and Ferrari are too far away for that," the Dutchman told De Telegraaf newspaper.

"Behind them the field is closer together, but I think Red Bull is slightly stronger than the rest," he added. "They are the third team now. After that, everything is very close together. Only Sauber and Renault are further behind," said Verstappen, probably forgetting to also mention Manor. (GMM)

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  • No, they should still have a stronger unit compared to Renault and Honda (I think?). Its been pretty evident that the Toro Rosso is faster than cars with either package these last two races, even if there wasnt a significant difference. If it'll last the season out we'll have to see. I just wonder what Toro Rosso will do next year? Will they use the 2016 spec Ferrari PUs, or will they get the same spec as everyone else? Im still not convinced that Red Bull is the best of the rest. They've caught up to Williams it seems, but Haas isnt very far behind, and the same applies for Toro Rosso. And Kvyat has been pretty far behind Ricciardo.

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    • Apr 15 2016 - 17:22
  • khasmir

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    Sainz shouldn't let Lowe get inside his head ;)

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    • Apr 15 2016 - 19:36
    • Yup the merc dog is just talking trash to rattle Ferrari customers if he can

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      • Apr 16 2016 - 09:48

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