Gasly: Toro Rosso has same car that started 2018 season

  • 10 Oct 2018 14:08
  • comments 3
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly says that Toro Rosso is effectively running with the same car it has used since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The Red Bull junior squad has not produced any major upgrades throughout the year, and have not scored points since Belgium.

At the start of the season, Gasly shone in Bahrain which hosted the second race of the year. The Frenchman crossed the line in fourth place, insisting that both the car and engine were in good places.

However, it has since dropped away and is struggling for points towards the end of the year, which could see it slip behind Sauber in the constructor's standings. Toro Rosso currently sits just three points ahead of Sauber for eighth in the championship.

“We haven’t really had any updates on the car since Melbourne,” he said. “Or the really small one we had in Monaco and the one in Austria didn’t work. So we have the same car that started the season really.

“So clearly we start to feel it because recently we’ve been struggling to get close to the top 10 because other teams are improving and we are not. For sure in a way, you could say that it’s clearly missing and if you lose a technical director [refering to James Key’s imminent exit] it always has an impact on the instant performance. It’s not an ideal situation."

Honda is set to unleash more power from its new upgraded engine in the USA, which Gasly is excited about: “We know that in the midfield that if we want to score points you need to make everything right, both qualifying and the race,” he said.

"Usually when had a good qualifying so far we always managed to have a good race, good strategy. Monaco, Budapest, Bahrain or even Spa. In Japan, we had a really good qualifying but we didn’t really maximise the race. So if we manage to keep the pace we have and keep the package.

“We know that if we introduce more engines as well we’re going to have penalties, so at the moment it’s quite a lot of question marks over the next couple of races. But for sure with the new spec, we have better chances to fight higher up in the rankings.”

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Is it an answer to Fernando?
    www.f1today.net/en(...)ded-car-since-spain

    • + 0
    • Oct 10 2018 - 14:27
  • I wonder if its really true. If it is, its little wonder that they've been slowly falling behind.

    • + 0
    • Oct 10 2018 - 15:58
  • I guess that's the new narrative for the next couple of weeks after massively underperforming a car that was on top of the midfield on Saturday... Good lad.

    I thought Gasly's humble-brags were just part being a confident rookie, but I guess that's his real personality. He even took a thinly veiled jab at Ferrari saying that fans were cheering louder for them than for Vettel.

    • + 0
    • Oct 10 2018 - 19:58

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Race

    06:10 - 08:10

  • Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

     

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    06:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

    06:10 - 06:10

Give your opinion!

Which is your favourite 2019 livery so far?

World Championship standings

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Country France
  • Date of b. Feb 7 1996 (23)
  • Place of b. Rouen, France
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.77 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

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

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

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