Cape Town - Team principal Franz Tost believes the future is looking
good for Toro Rosso following a successful start to their relationship with
The Faenza-based squad switched from Renault to Honda
engines at the start of this year and many were worried that the bedding period
could take a while following the Japanese manufacturer's much-publicised
struggles with McLaren.
However, Pierre Gasly claimed a superb fourth-placed finish
at the Bahrain GP and Tost feels they are in ideal situation, not only in terms
of this season.
"Toro Rosso is in the best situation we have ever been
– because we are now much more involved in the complete design process,
regarding the car and how to fit in the power unit, how to design the cooling
system, the exhaust, where to put the electric boxes and so on," he said.
"I think, especially for next year, this will be a big
advantage from the complete car design point of view."
As for the working relationship between the STR engineers
and Honda employees, he said: "I must say that they found a really good
way of working together without any problems and I am also convinced that this
will continue in this way."