Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Photo Credit: Pirelli Photo Service/Andrew Hone Photographer


Scuderia Toro Rosso

Team Score: C-

Jean-Eric Vergne: C
Daniil Kvyat: B


Accepted as a development team for Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso has spent it's entire existence in the shadow of major Formula 1 organizations. For the first time since the team was structured, Toro Rosso has been running the same powerplant as the Red Bull Racing team. Despite the engine manufacturer change, the move did nothing to change the position of the Toro Rosso group. Proving to be the best problem area for the team has been a multitude of mechanical issues consisting linked to a variety of components from the exhaust system to the suspension.
Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat proves impressive at several points in 2014 with results that included scoring championship points in his debut run in the Grand Prix of Australia. Going on to finish in the top-10 in three of the first four races of the season, Kvyat's has been troubled by several Toro Rosso mechanical problems leading to four retirements since the Monaco Grand Prix. Jean-Eric Vergne's 2014 season has been flat but resulted in him outscoring his rookie teammate so far this season.
Ingredients for Second-Half of 2014: Toro Rosso's reliability must improve greatly through the remaining nine races. With vehicle pace not a major issue, drivers Kvyat and Vergne can be positioned to add a sizable amount of points to the year-end tally if they can finish events.

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