Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen believes the team can take a big step forward in 2016 with the use of Ferrari’s 2015 engine.
Toro Rosso suffered last season with the reliability and power issues they had whilst using the Renault power unit also used in their Sister Red Bull team. As a consequence of this poor performance Toro Rosso signed a deal with Ferrari for the supply if their 2015 specification engines. Despite the fact Toro Rosso will have one year old specification engine compared to the other Ferrari customers Haas and Sauber Verstappen still believes the team will be in a better position than last season.
Verstappen’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr said he was looking forward to having “an even more Italian team” in 2016.
“When everyone just flies past you it’s very desperate,” he said of 2015 with the Renault power unit. It can only get better and I have full trust that Toro Rosso will do a step forward in terms of reliability, pitstops, and more grip. We have a good chance.”
It remains to be seen how much progress Toro Rosso can actually make but if they have a chassis and body as good as last season with the Ferrari power they may be competing for race wins.
By: Chris Laker
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