F1: Toro Rosso targeting fifth in 2015 championship

The Scuderia Toro Rosso team poses with the STR10 at Circuito de Jerez on Jan. 31, 2015 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso is targeting a fifth-place finish in the 2015 World Championship – which would entail beating either one of the four teams with works engines, or Williams.

However, team boss Franz Tost insists that the target is not overly ambitious, despite STR employing two rookie drivers in Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen.

“After finishing seventh in the Constructors’ championship last year, our main target is to finish in fifth position,” he said. “And I’m confident that we can achieve this in 2015.  

“Our driver lineup is the youngest in Formula One history, but this is no reason to set us back or think we can’t achieve our goals; all the contrary: young drivers are always hungry for success and we will make sure we use this positively to our advantage.”

Tost has no time for any criticism of the youth of his driver lineup: “It’s true that Max is only 17, but that’s just a number on his ID, and when you look into his racing career you quickly see that racing is not new to him. He has 10 years’ experience if we include his karting years and he’s always shown fantastic speed and quick adaptability, so this time will be no different.

“He’s a fast learner and I’m convinced that, as long as we give him a competitive car, he will be up there fighting for good results very quickly. He already showed that he was ready for this next step during his FP1 outings last year.

“Carlos has bigger experience in single-seaters and, just as his new teammate, also learns fast. After becoming the youngest driver to win the Renault World Series 3.5 Championship last year, I’m confident that, even though he’s only 20 years old, his racing experience will allow him to get to grips with F1 straight away.”