Straight after the German Grand Prix last weekend, Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jnr has called out the team to improve their pitstops, ready for when the season kicks back up again in Belgium.
Sainz qualified at Hockenheim in 13th position, but started the race two places lower due to a penalty received for blocking Felipe Massa in Q2 on saturday. Sainz made a good recovery to be in position 12, before a less than perfect stop dropped him all the way back down the field to 19th place.
The young Spaniard kept his focus though, and a spirited drive eventually saw him bring the car home in 14th position.
“Starting from 15th because of the three-position grid penalty meant it was never going to be easy, but we had a good start and the first part of the race wasn’t that bad,” he revealed.
“Our first pitstop was a disaster. We ended up behind all of the slower cars that we had overtaken in the first seven laps.
“We are just not good enough in that area. We had improved it, we were maybe a bit better, a bit faster, but mistakes are still there, so it’s not good enough.
“From there you lose track position, you have to overtake all over again, you need to use your tyres to overtake them and your race is backwards from then on.”
When asked whether a points scoring position was possible, Carlos replied: “It’s very difficult to tell, but more than P14 was possible. We didn’t do the maximum that the car was capable of doing because we didn’t get the pitstop right, so that’s why I’m not happy.
“I’m sure it would’ve been the possibility, there would’ve been a chance for the last point with Alonso and Perez, but our race was too compromised with the pitstop.”
If the Toro Rosso driver brought the car home in the points, it would have meant a fourth successive finish in the points.
Maybe over the summer break, the Toro Rosso team can take a leaf out of the ‘Williams’ book. The Grove based British squad have seen their pit stops improve massively from last season.