Last week in Austria, Toro Rosso brought a big upgrade to Spielberg in a bid to chase down their midfield rivals. But it didn’t have the desired impact, with both drivers finishing outside the points. And Pierre Gasly would like to see immediate improvements from the Italian team after an underwhelming start to his British Grand Prix weekend.
Their upgrade at the Red Bull Ring – which included a new front wing, bargeboards, floor and brake ducts – was expected to further improve the performance of a team who enjoyed a promising start to the season before their progress slowed down.
However, it didn’t work out that way. The team had a few problems with getting the best out of their updates last year, which meant they didn’t always deliver the gains they had hoped for. And according to their French driver, it seems as though they're suffering from the same problems this season.
“It wasn’t frustrating but quite tough. Us as a team, at the moment, we are not making the steps forward that we wanted and expected,” said Gasly.
“The others of course are not waiting for us. Everyone is improving and our package has stayed the same. All the upgrades we have had, they should have given us some performance but in the end it doesn’t seem to have given us gains that clearly. In terms of performance, it’s not easy.
“I’m not entirely comfortable with the car as I didn’t really find the right set-up to make it work around this track. We’ve got a lot of work to do tonight to improve for tomorrow.”