How one team is getting eight more GPs of running in 2019
Toro Rosso is on for its equal-best Formula 1 season, and a big part of its progress is down to the extra mileage it's covering in 2019. That's down to a tweak in its relationship with Red Bull, and a lot less crash damage...
It's almost a quarter of a century since Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen said "you can't win anything with kids" in his languid Lowlands burr, months before a youthful Manchester United team won the Premier League. Similarly, it was back in 2007 when Mark Webber famously admonished Sebastian Vettel's rear-ending crash at Fuji with "it's kids, isn't it? Kids with not enough experience...".
Then, less than a year later, Vettel won at Monza in a Toro Rosso. Bloody kids, winning.
Since Vettel's maiden victory, Toro Rosso failed to visit the Formula 1 podium again until this year's German Grand Prix, when Daniil Kvyat made a bold strategy work and pitted during the late-race safety car period. Paired with Alex Albon's excellent sixth place, Toro Rosso took 23 points home from Hockenheim - the team's highest points haul from a single race throughout its F1 tenure.
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Leclerc puts Ferrari on top in Singapore Formula 1 FP3
Ferrari's Leclerc stuns with Formula 1 pole position in Singapore