After showing strong race pace last round in Monza, Toro Rosso is looking to maximise their performance for the remainder of the season with a new aero upgrade.

Toro Rosso currently sits seventh in the constructor’s championship on 35 points, 15 points behind Lotus in sixth.

“Yeah I think there’s an upgrade, a big one, the biggest one of the mid-season. So we had Barcelona, Austria, and here, and I think this is one of the biggest. And it will take us to the end of the year so we will see,” Carlos Sainz said.

“The aero department has been doing a great job all year so I’m quite confident it should work. In the end we’re talking about a tenth or two tenths but still it should be good. Maybe not so much here with second gear and top gear, but in Suzuka that time it will suit us with high speeds.”

After the team failed to score points in Monza due to both drivers taking engine penalties, the team were able to focus on different areas of development and take a different approach to the weekend. The alternative approach seemed to have worked for them, as both Sainz and Max Verstappen finished just outside the top ten in 11th and 12th position respectively, after starting the race at the back of the grid.

“Before Monza I didn’t feel we were pressuring ourselves, it was not like the feeling of ‘I have so much pressure, I need to score points’. It was just, when we backed off a bit, well we didn’t back off a bit, it was like ‘let’s see what happens with penalties’, everyone was laughing. 35 [places] and you? 45. It was like you know, a bit relaxed, let’s see what happens.”

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