Scuderia Toro Rosso unhappy to miss out on seventh place in the F1 standings
|By Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, November 27th 2011, 18:50 GMT|
Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost said the Italian squad could not be happy with having missed out on seventh place in the standings after a disappointing end to the season.
The Faenza-based squad was looking strong before the final three races of the year, when its form dropped after having closed the gap to Sauber to just one point ahead of today's race.
Although Tost said the team's goal for the year was eighth position, he conceded having come so close and yet lose out to its rivals was not what his outfit wanted.
"At the start of the season, we set ourselves the target of finishing at least eighth in the Constructors' Championship and that is where we have finished, 36 points ahead of those in ninth place," said Tost.
"However, having come so close to challenging for seventh place when we picked up a significant number of points in Korea and India, we cannot be happy with missing out on overtaking the team ahead of us, failing to score in the last two races."
Neither Jaime Alguersuari nor Sebastien Buemi managed to finish in the points in today's race, the Spaniard coming home in 11th, once place ahead of the Swiss.
"As for today's race, Sebastien got a good start, while Jaime dropped a couple of places and then on the Soft tyre, we struggled to match the pace of the Saubers who had got ahead of us at the start and therefore Kobayashi pulled away a bit," added Tost.
"Once back on the Medium compound, Jaime was able to close the gap but not enough to get past. As for Buemi, he did not have the pace today, which was partly due to the fact we opted to give him a set-up that would have been more suited to a wet race.
"Work is already well underway on our next year's car and as from tomorrow, the entire team's focus switches to 2012."