user icon
user icon

Scuderia Toro Rosso not worried about Honda switch

  • Published on 07 Nov 2017 12:24
  • comments 7
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Franz Tost says he is looking forward to Toro Rosso's switch to works Honda power for 2018. McLaren has dumped the Japanese engine manufacturer after a failed three-year collaboration, switching instead to the customer Renault deal enjoyed currently by Toro Rosso.

But Tost, the Toro Rosso team boss, says the Faenza based team is actually not enjoying its current situation with Renault. "We can't have more problems anyway, because we are changing the power unit every weekend," said the Austrian.

Indeed, Tost claims Toro Rosso even went to great lengths to end the Renault contract, offering Carlos Sainz to the French carmaker as compensation. "To terminate the contract we had to give something to Renault," he said. "The compensation was Carlos and because of his speed, we are well aware that he is a big threat for us because he scored most of our points and on the other side, he is now with Renault."

But Toro Rosso is happy with its all-new and motivated driver lineup of sportscar champion Brendon Hartley and GP2 champion Pierre Gasly. And Tost said he is not even worried about being stuck in neutral with McLaren's rejected engine partner Honda next year.

"They have another winter time where they will have the possibility to sort out the problems that they have currently," he said. "As Toro Rosso, we are the only team that will be working together with them which I think will become a big advantage. All the meetings we have had so far are quite promising," Tost added. "I'm more than convinced that this power unit will help Toro Rosso next year to become a very strong and competitive team." (GMM)

Replies (7)

Login to reply
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    He would say that after the disaster of Renaults race in Mexico. I would imagine that McLaren are pretty nervous right now even though a Renault actually won. Can you imagine that after no less than 4 Renault engines failed in the race, Max probably developed a huge ear before he got to the finish line. That is a pretty dismal record for Renault.

    • + 0
    • Nov 7 2017 - 13:07
    • It was dismal. A complete shitshow, especially when you consider that both Hondas made it to the chequered flag.

      • + 0
      • Nov 7 2017 - 15:28
  • You should always be worried when you switch supplier, however I think they'll be in for a far better year with Honda next year compared to McLaren's run with them this year.

    • + 0
    • Nov 7 2017 - 20:23
  • Major Tom

    Posts: 152

    The Renault engine may not be as reliable or powerful as the Ferrari or Mercedes but I know which I would prefer given a choice between a Renault and a Honda power unit. Its a no brainer!

    • + 0
    • Nov 7 2017 - 21:32
  • f1ski

    Posts: 611

    with alonso's hx of leaving future championship teams my money is on honda

    • + 0
    • Nov 8 2017 - 01:21
  • kngrthr

    Posts: 203

    Renault are pushing the engine hard as the season draws to a close.
    there is nothing to lose; both championships are decided and they are getting valuable data.

    • + 0
    • Nov 8 2017 - 03:15
  • Ferr

    Posts: 6

    Probably will be the third best team next year they have worked out all the problems through McLaren and next year they will be competitive with TR

    • + 0
    • Nov 8 2017 - 10:03

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Race

    15:10 - 17:10

  • Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

    Fastest lap

     

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    15:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

    15:10 - 17:10

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Where will Sebastian Vettel be in 2021?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Toro Rosso
  • Points 124
  • Podiums 1
  • Grand Prix 47
  • Country France
  • Date of b. Feb 7 1996 (24)
  • Place of b. Rouen, France
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.77 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar