Before the final stage of Formula 1 championship, Toro Rosso takes 6th place in the standings. Their main rivals – Renault team – meanwhile are on 5th position, but the gap between them is only 8 points (Toro Rosso – 83, Renault – 91).
Despite this season Italians were able to finish twice on the podium, they still risk losing to the main rivals. However, the principal of Toro Rosso Franz Tost said that the team still expects to climb one position at the final Grand Prix of the season.
"You never know what happens," – said Tost.
"Therefore be careful. We are only eight points behind Renault, which means also this [fifth place] is still possible. But we have to be clever. We have to set up the car in a correct way. Abu Dhabi is another track and hopefully we are competitive there as well."
Other rivals – Racing Point, who takes 7th place and 67 points – lose to Toro Rosso 16 points what can’t be improved in one race given all conditions.
As for driver standings, among four drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat are the closest to each other in the standings: Nico – 37 points, Daniil – 35. So, in Abu Dhabi we will see the battle for 13th place in the driver standings.
The gap between Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez is 8 points, that’s why there also may be the fight between the drivers for 9th position at the final race.
And the most excited situation is between Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz – both currently have 95 points, but Pierre takes 6th position and Carlos takes 7th. So, the fight in the mid-field at the final race will be strong.